The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) is the principal source of dependable and timely marine fishery statistics for Atlantic coast fisheries




Below are the relevant documents and timeline for the ACCSP funding cycle.

Funding Decision Document

The Funding Decision Document outlines an overview of the annual process that is instituted prior to sending out a request for proposals. The document describes the roles of the committees and Program Partners and what they do to participate in leading up to the decision of funding of the projects made by the Coordinating Council.

FY 2019 Request for Proposals

The information found in this document is specific to the information you will need when submitting a proposal for FY2019. ACCSP issues a new request for proposal each year based on a rigorous and timely set of guidelines suggested by the Operations Committee and approved by the Coordinating Council.


Timeline for FY2019 Proposals

  • March 1: Start of ACCSP FY18
  • May 1: ASMFC Meeting/ACCSP Execustive Committee Meeting and Coordinating Council Meeting (Alexandria, VA)
  • May 7: ACCSP issues request for proposals
  • June 11: Initial proposals are due
  • June 18: Initial proposals are distributed to ACCSP Operations and Advisory Committees
  • July 6: Any initial written comments on proposals due to ACCSP
  • Juky 12: Review of initial proposals by ACCSP Operations and Advisoty Committees (webinar)
  • July 16: If applicable, any revised written comments due to ACCSP
  • Week of July 23: Feedback submitted to principal investigators
  • August 13: Revised proposals due
  • August 20: Revised proposals distributed to ACCSP Operations and Advisory Committees
  • Week of August 27: Preliminary ranking exercise for Advisors (webinar)
  • September 25-26: Proposals ranked at the Annual Advisors and Operations Committee Joint Meeting (Savannah, GA)
  • Week of October 22: Final rankings presented to Coordinating Council at ASMFC Annual Meeting (New York, NY)

Relevant Documents for Submitting a Proposal

FY 2019 Ranking Criteria
The information included in this document is the breakdown of the set of criteria and the value of each that will be used to rank proposals. Proposal are ranked by the Operations and Advisory committees in the Fall and approved by the Coordinating Council in a meeting in November.

FY 2019 Biological Priority Matrix
This document outlines top 25 Atlantic coast species that are of priority for gathering biological data for the ACCSP. These rankings were devised by the Biological Review Panel. 

FY 2019 Bycatch Priority Matrix
This document outlines priorities for proposals for observer coverage which should align with fisheries affecting the top quartile priority species that will assist for gathering bycatch data for the ACCSP. These rankings were devised by the Bycatch Prioritization Committee.

FY 2019 Recreational Priorities
This document outlines the following recreational priorities: 1) improve precision of estimates (by increasing sample size), 2) improve discard/release data, 3) change from 2 month waves to monthly estimates, and 4) for-hire logbook implementation and validation. These rankings were devised by the Recreational Technical Committee.

This page is updated each spring when the request for proposals is distributed. If you would like to get an email when the RFP is sent, please email