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

 

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MA DMF)

MA DMF conducts research, management and development of the Commonwealth

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MA DMF
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Location and Contact Information
Address: 
  • 251 Causeway Street
  • Suite 400
  • Boston, MA 02114
Phone / Fax: 
  • 617.626.1500
Email: 
marine.fish@state.ma.us
Website: 
www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf
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Featured On-the-Ground Project
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Continue Trip-Level Reporting for All Massachusetts Commercial Permit Holders

From 2008 to 2013 MA DMF with support from ACCSP collected comprehensive, standardized trip-level catch and effort data from all commercial harvesters. State permit holders also holding a federal permit with reporting requirements, averaging about 15 percent, continued to report to NOAA Fisheries, and all others reported to MA DMF.

State reporting harvesters report one of three ways: electronically through the use of the ACCSP eTRIPS; a spreadsheet file as an email attachment; or paper submission, which is delivered by mail, email, or faxed. Paper based submissions have slowly declined over the five-year period, but still represent a significant proportion of the total.  All data submitted to MA DMF is then entered directly in the SAFIS database using eTRIPS, as is done by all state-reporting harvesters participating in the current trip-level reporting program electronically. Thus all state-reported catch and effort data ends up in SAFIS, regardless of how it is submitted.

This project, collects standardized comprehensive fisheries-dependent data from both dealers and harvesters and creates improvements in data quality, quantity, and timeliness. Although this project only covers the activities of Massachusetts commercial harvesters, it does include the harvest of species which are managed regionally, such as lobster, striped bass, scup, and black sea bass. Thus regional management bodies such as ASMFC benefit from having comprehensive fisheries-dependent data from Massachusetts.

Starting in 2015, MA DMF is proud to announce that funding from ACCSP will no longer be necessary for this data-collection program. Although it will be challenging to do so going forward, the importance of the data that are collected warrants the need for MA DMF to find sufficient funding on its own, in addition to working towards an efficient and cost-effective program. There have been many lessons learned during the five-year time period, particularly the importance of maintaining a “paper” option for permit holders to report. The electronic option remained an important one and, as a result, outreach and auditing were key components to successfully maintaining that method of reporting.  Lastly, having the permit holders (both federal and state) reporting to one system made the process significantly more efficient. This did not only standardize reporting for the industry in general, but also made the data available in a consistent format to both federal and state partners alike.

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Featured Data Query
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Top Five Massachusetts Species by Pounds in Last Full Year

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In the Data Warehouse, MA DMF has annual summaries from 1950-1989, monthly summaries from 1990-1993, mixed trip reports from 1994-2004, and trip reports for all fisheries since 2005.

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SAFIS Implementation
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MA DMF has been using eDR since 2004, eTRIPS since 2008, and eLOGBOOK since 2009.

To sign up please visit: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf/seafood-and-bait-dealers/safis-electronic-reporting-for-dealers.html.

Location and Contact Information

Address Phone / Fax Email Website
    • 251 Causeway Street
    • Suite 400
    • Boston, MA 02114
    • 617.626.1500
marine.fish@state.ma
.us
www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf

Featured On-the-Ground Project

Continue Trip-Level Reporting for All Massachusetts Commercial Permit Holders

From 2008 to 2013 MA DMF with support from ACCSP collected comprehensive, standardized trip-level catch and effort data from all commercial harvesters. State permit holders also holding a federal permit with reporting requirements, averaging about 15 percent, continued to report to NOAA Fisheries, and all others reported to MA DMF.

State reporting harvesters report one of three ways: electronically through the use of the ACCSP eTRIPS; a spreadsheet file as an email attachment; or paper submission, which is delivered by mail, email, or faxed. Paper based submissions have slowly declined over the five-year period, but still represent a significant proportion of the total.  All data submitted to MA DMF is then entered directly in the SAFIS database using eTRIPS, as is done by all state-reporting harvesters participating in the current trip-level reporting program electronically. Thus all state-reported catch and effort data ends up in SAFIS, regardless of how it is submitted.

This project, collects standardized comprehensive fisheries-dependent data from both dealers and harvesters and creates improvements in data quality, quantity, and timeliness. Although this project only covers the activities of Massachusetts commercial harvesters, it does include the harvest of species which are managed regionally, such as lobster, striped bass, scup, and black sea bass. Thus regional management bodies such as ASMFC benefit from having comprehensive fisheries-dependent data from Massachusetts.

Starting in 2015, MA DMF is proud to announce that funding from ACCSP will no longer be necessary for this data-collection program. Although it will be challenging to do so going forward, the importance of the data that are collected warrants the need for MA DMF to find sufficient funding on its own, in addition to working towards an efficient and cost-effective program. There have been many lessons learned during the five-year time period, particularly the importance of maintaining a “paper” option for permit holders to report. The electronic option remained an important one and, as a result, outreach and auditing were key components to successfully maintaining that method of reporting.  Lastly, having the permit holders (both federal and state) reporting to one system made the process significantly more efficient. This did not only standardize reporting for the industry in general, but also made the data available in a consistent format to both federal and state partners alike.

Featured Data Query

Top Five Massachusetts Species by Pounds in Last Full Year

Click Here To View >>

In the Data Warehouse, MA DMF has annual summaries from 1950-1989, monthly summaries from 1990-1993, mixed trip reports from 1994-2004, and trip reports for all fisheries since 2005.

SAFIS Implementation

MA DMF has been using eDR since 2004, eTRIPS since 2008, and eLOGBOOK since 2009.

To sign up please visit: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf/seafood-and-bait-dealers/safis-electronic-reporting-for-dealers.html.