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Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.
Greater Atlantic Region Bulletin
NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries
Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930
For Information Contact:
Sustainable Fisheries Division
(978) 281 – 9315
Date Issued: 2/28/2014
Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery
Fishing Year 2014 Observer
Set-Aside Compensation Rates
Effective Date: March 1, 2014
The Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
(GARFO) and the Northeast Fisheries Science
Center (NEFSC) of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service
have worked together to
calculate the initial observer set-aside compensation rate for fishing year (FY) 2014. We will
revisit these rates in June once Framework 25 is implemented, if approved, to see if any mid-year
adjustments are necessary.
FY 2014 Initial Compensation Rates
The compensation rate for open areas for limited access vessels fishing under DAS is 0.07 DAS per DAS fished
(the vessel is charged 0.93 DAS for each DAS fished with an observer onboard). This rate is slightly lower than
the open area rates from recent years (e.g., 0.08 DAS
per DAS fished in FYs 2012 and 2013) due to higher anticipated open area effort in FY 2014, in
addition to our attempt to equalize this compensation rate with that for access areas.
Although there are no FY 2014 allocated access area trips at the start of the fishing year, limited
access scallop vessels may take FY 2013 compensati
on trips broken in the last 60 days of FY
2013 in the first 60 days of FY 2014 (i.e., through April 29, 2014). The compensation rate for
these compensation trips is 150 lb
in addition to the vessel’s possession limit for the trip for each
day or part of a day an
observer is onboard.
Although limited access general category (LAGC) indivi
dual fishing quota (IFQ) vessels will not
be able to fish within the access areas at the
start of FY 2014, they may possess an additional 150lb per trip
in open areas when carrying an observer.
We selected these compensation rates because
we expect that they provide sufficient
compensation for the observer fee while also providing sufficient observer coverage based on
anticipated coverage levels needed for the start of FY 2014.
For limited access vessels on access areas trips, the compensation rate provides an average buffer
of approximately $1,010 per day over the $675 per day
cost of the observer at the expected price
of scallops. For limited access vessels on open
area trips, the buffer is approximately $1,325.
For LAGC vessels, the compensation rate provides an average buffer of approximately $1,010
per trip over the $675 per day cost of the observe
at the expected price of scallops, assuming
trips are one day in length.
We intend for these excess funds to account for variations in the fishery,
such as lower scallop
price and landings per day fished (also called landings per unit effort (LPUE)), without creating
financial incentive to extend an observed trip.
PLEASE NOTE: These are initial rates because we may consider changing the compensation
rate as we gather fishery information throughout FY 2014, such as scallop price, length of trips, LPUE, and overall rate of
observer set-aside usage.
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