SURVEYS

As part of the Fisheries Economics Data Program's goal to provide reliable and current data about the economic performance of West Coast and Alaska fisheries, annual industry cost and effort surveys are being administered. Each year the principal focus of this data collection program will be on a different set of fisheries or on a different set of participants in these fisheries.

A notice of information collection and a request for comments was published in the Federal Register, Volume 63, Number 47, FR Doc 98-6186. The title of this notice is "Economic Performance Data for West Coast (California-Alaska) Commercial Fisheries; Proposed Collection". View this notice as a text file or as a PDF.


Fisheries Economics Data Program Surveys:




2001 West Coast Open Party and Charter Recreational Fishing Vessels Survey


About the survey:

This survey was conducted by PSMFC, as part of a cooperative agreement with NMFS.

This economic survey consisted of a single interview that collected informtiaon on annual costs and vessel characteristics. An important element of this survey was to determine how cost structures differed between multi-vessel and single vessel operations, which is crucial in developing a financial profile of CPFVs (Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel). Vessel characteristics helped identify factors that affected costs as well as the types of activities vessels undertook.

Survey contents:

The survey is divided into two parts which are briefly described below:

Characteristics of Firm
This section includes questions on how many vessels, vehicles or buildings they own which were used primarily for the charter business. It asked for single and/or multi-vessel costs such as advertising, professional services, association fees, shorebased labor and office expenses as well as characteristics of the single vessel drawn for the survey.
Annual Information for Vessel in 2000
Questions about fuel, supplies, maintenance and other annual expenditures as well as annual revenue and number of trips for the year were asked in this section.

Acknowledgements The Economics staff would like to specifically acknowledge that assistance of the following people:

Survey results:  For more information and results of this survey please click here.

For more information, please contact Dave Colpo at (503) 595-3100 or toll free at (888) 421-4251.

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2001 Alaska Sportfishing Charter Operator Survey


About the survey:

This survey was conducted by PSMFC, as part of a cooperative agreement with NMFS.

The purpose of this survey was to provide information about the economic performance and significance of the halibut charter fleet. The survey provided baseline-data to evaluate some of the economic effects of management proposals, such as IFQ and GHL.

Survey contents:

The survey consisted of several parts:

Screening Questions
This section was used to make sure the correct person and vessel was contacted as well as to identify whether their last charter occured during the appropriate season.
Trip Questions
Questions about length of trip, distance traveled as well as species of fish targeted, caught, kept and returned.
Payment Questions
A section on how passengers paid for their trip including what services were provided or available for an additional cost.

For more information and final documents please click here to go to the survey's web page.

For more information, please contact Dave Colpo at (503) 595-3100 or toll free at (888) 421-4251.

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1999 West Coast Cost, Earnings and Employment Survey of the Groundfish Trawl Fleet


About the survey:

This survey was conducted by PSMFC, as part of a cooperative agreement with NMFS. The data collected from this survey was used to:

  • evaluate the economic benefits from West Coast commercial fisheries;
  • assess the economic health of the fisheries; and
  • estimate the economic impact of present and future management decisions on the fishery and fishing communities.

More information about the survey is available in the answers to frequently asked questions about this survey. This document is available as a PDF and in HTML.

The survey was designed to collect enough information about the individual vessels that made up this fleet in 1997 & 1998.  Information had been collected about all the fisheries in which the vessel operated, not just the West Coast trawl fishery itself.

Survey contents:

The survey consited of five sections, each of which is briefly described below.

Vessel Identification, Ownership and Permit Information
This section includes questions about the physical attributes of the vessel, the company which operated the vessel in 1997-8, permits held by the vessel (owner), and contact information.
Vessel Characteristics
The vessel characteristics section asks questions about selected operating characteristics of the vessel as well as information about the value of the vessel in 1998.
Expenditures
The expenditures section collects information about operating costs, capital costs and other expenses.
Fishery Participation and Revenue
This section request information about the fisheries in which the vessel was active, typical trip lengths, typical crew sizes, and general revenue information.
Other
This section collects information about gear loss, fuel prices and crew share systems.

Click here for a pdf version of the survey instrument and instructions.

Survey results:

Non-confidential summary information is available to the industry and the public click here. Information about individual vessels will NOT be released. The trawl fleet has been stratified based upon various vessel and landings characteristics. Results of this survey will be presented in terms of these vessel stratification groups (Vessel stratification report).  Results represented group #4, large groundfish trawlers, due to low numbers of small groundfish trawler returns. 

Acknowledgements

Funding for this project was under a cooperative agreement between the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), grant NA67FN0460.

The Economics staff would like to specifically acknowledge that assistance of the following people:

For more information, please contact Dave Colpo at (503) 595-3100 or toll free at (888) 421-4251.

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1999 West Coast On-Shore Groundfish Processors Cost, Earnings and Employment Survey

About the survey:

This survey is being conducted by PSMFC, as part of a cooperative agreement with NMFS. The data collected from this survey will be used to:

  • evaluate the economic benefits from West Coast commercial fisheries;
  • assess the economic health of the fisheries; and
  • estimate the economic impact of present and future management decisions on the fishery and fishing communities.

This survey was designed to collect information on individual plants that processed groundfish in 1997 and 1998. The survey asks for information about all operations of a plant, not just the groundfish component. Collecting this information which will allow analysts to treat each plant as a stand-alone business.

More information about the survey is available in the answers to frequently asked questions about this survey. This document is available as a PDF and in HTML.

Survey contents:

The survey consists of four components:

Plant Characteristics and Ownership
This section collects information about the physical characteristics of the plant, the company which operated in 1997-8, the value of the plant and contact information.
Production, Product Prices and Revenue
This section has questions about the products, recovery rates, and prices on a species (or species group) basis.
Expenditures
The expenditures section collects information about operating costs, capital costs and other expenses.
Labor
This section requests information on the numbers of employees, by type, and how these employees are paid.

Click here for a pdf version of the survey instrument and instructions.

Survey results:

The Economics Data Program expects to have results from this survey in early 2000. Once these results have been compiled, non-confidential summary information will be made available to the industry and the public. Information about plants vessels will NOT be released.

Acknowledgements

Funding for this project was under a cooperative agreement between the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), grant NA67FN0460.

The Economics staff would like to specifically acknowledge that assistance of the following people:

For more information, please contact Dave Colpo at (503) 595-3100 or toll free at (888) 421-4251.

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Alaska Cost, Earnings and Employment Survey

NMFS will be conducting the Cost, Earnings and Employment Survey of BSAI Pollock Fishery participants in January 2000.

About the survey:

NMFS and the Council have recognized the increasing need to collect economic data on a regular basis. The survey will provide data that can be used to track the economic performance of the groundfish fisheries over time.

Catcher vessels, catcher-processors, motherships and shoreside plants involved in the BSAI pollock fishery will be surveyed first. Subsequent surveys are planned for catcher vessels, catcher-processors, and shoreside plants involved in other groundfish fisheries.

For more information about this survey, please see the answers to frequently asked questions about this survey.

Survey contents:

There are four different surveys: one for catcher vessels, one for catcher-processors, one for floating processors and one for shoreside processors. The contents of each survey are summarized in the table below.

  • Click on the pdf link to view a pdf version of the survey instrument.
  • Click on the MS Word link to download a Microsoft Word version of the survey instrument.
Sector Components Intruments
Catcher Vessels
  • Current Company and Vessel Information
  • Fiscal 1998 Revenues
  • Fiscal 1998 Expenditues and Materials
  • Fiscal 1998 Labor
  • Fiscal 1997 Revenues
  • Fiscal 1997 Expenditues and Materials
  • Fiscal 1997 Labor
pdf
MS Word
Catcher-Processors
  • Current Company and Vessel Information
  • Vessel Characteristics in 1998
  • Fiscal 1998 Revenues
  • Fiscal 1998 Expenditues and Materials Usage
  • Fiscal 1998 Labor
  • Vessel Characteristics in 1997
  • Fiscal 1997 Revenues
  • Fiscal 1997 Expenditues and Materials Usage
  • Fiscal 1997 Labor
pdf
MS Word
Floating Processors
  • Current Company and Vessel Information
  • Vessel Characteristics in 1998
  • Fiscal 1998 Revenues
  • Fiscal 1998 Expenditues and Materials Usage
  • Fiscal 1998 Labor
  • Vessel Characteristics in 1997
  • Fiscal 1997 Revenues
  • Fiscal 1997 Expenditues and Materials Usage
  • Fiscal 1997 Labor
pdf
MS Word
Shoreside Processors
  • Current Company and Plant Information
  • Plant Characteristics in 1998
  • Fiscal 1998 Revenues
  • Fiscal 1998 Expenditues and Materials Usage
  • Fiscal 1998 Labor
  • Plant Characteristics in 1997
  • Fiscal 1997 Revenues
  • Fiscal 1997 Expenditues and Materials Usage
  • Fiscal 1997 Labor
pdf
MS Word

Confidential Information:

It is NOAA's position that the requested information be treated as confidential and not be released to the public. Only survey results aggregated at a level that will not compromise individual confidentiality will be reported. For more information, please see the letter describing the NMFS confidentiality policy.

Data Verification:

In order to ensure that each company is consistently and accurately completing the questionnaires, NMFS has requested that a certified public accounting firm perform certain procedures to portions of the completed questionnaires. This verification was requested by representatives of the industry to ensure that the information collected is consistent across firms and industry sectors. The accounting firm will work for NMFS through a contract with PSMFC. Respondents will not be responsible for the accounting firm's fees. Click here for more information about the verification process.

Survey results:

Survey results in summarized form, including measures of economic performance for the fisheries, will be published annually in the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) and in the Economic Status of the Groundfish Fisheries off Alaska.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Dan Holland at (206) 526-4114 or Todd Lee at (206) 526-4252. If you have any questions about the Economics Data Program's involvement with this survey effort, please contact Dave Colpo at (503) 595-3100 or toll free at (888) 421-4251.

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Add your survey! If you are conducting a survey related to the economic performance of commercial fisheries, please tell us about it. Email efin@psmfc.org. Please be sure to include: the purpose of the survey, who will be administering the survey, and who may be contacted for more information about the survey.
 


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