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Data Collection Projects

This webpage provides information about survey data collection projects managed by Economic and Social Science Research (ESSR) staff scientists. All projects currently being conducted, or in planning and development stages, are listed below, with contact information for the project lead and links to more information published elsewhere. Click on the + in the left column to display a brief project summary.

Please follow up with the project lead with questions about any project, or Brian Garber-Yonts with more general questions regarding ESSR survey research.

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Gulf of Alaska Trawl Groundfish Fishery Rationalization Social Study **updated 3/3/2016**
Steve Kasperski
(206) 526-4727
3/1/2017 Survey type: Voluntary census

Collection cycle: Previous survey implementation in 2014; may be repeated biennially pending approval.

Target population: Participants in GOA Groundfish Trawl fisheries; including catcher vessel and tendering vessel crew members (deck crews, captains, others), employees and operators of shore-based processors, vessel owners and groundfish LLP license holders, and fishing industry supplier and support business operators and employees. Excludes catcher/processor participants - see proposed Catcher Processor Socio-Cultural Study.

Abstract: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) is currently debating designs of a new rationalization program for the Gulf of Alaska trawl groundfish fishery and is expected to take final action on a new program in late 2014 or early 2015. These types of management programs are known to have extensive beneficial outcomes for fish stocks. Literature shows that there are mixed outcomes for the people participating in the fishery. Fishery participants may suffer negative social impacts. Sufficient non-economic social science data will be collected to describe the fishery prior to the management change, to collect baseline data. This information will be used to inform the program design and compared to a data collection post rationalization in order detect any changes in the system as a result of the management change. With the pre- and post-rationalization data, social impacts may be measured. The collection of this data will provide fisheries managers with social science data which is typically unavailable or available in limited quality. This research aims to collect extensive data about the people in the fishery for the maximum benefit to all parties, including fisheries.

Survey method: Data collection employs a mixed method approach through a combination of paper surveys, electronic surveys, and in-person interviews to obtain the greatest breadth of information as possible.

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Alaska Saltwater Sport Fishing Economic Survey
Dan Lew
(530) 554-1842
1/1/2017 Survey type: Voluntary

Collection cycle: Previous survey implementation in 2007 and 2012. Survey will be conducted in 2017 and periodically pending approval.

Target population: Alaska sport fishing license holders; stratified by SE Alaska resident, Other Alaska resident, non-Alaska resident; sampled from ADF&G Fishing License data file.

Abstract: This project will conduct a survey to collect data for conducting economic analyses of marine sport fishing in Alaska. This survey is necessary to understand the factors that affect the economic value of marine recreational fishing trips and improve estimates of fishing trip value. The survey's scope covers marine sport fishing for Pacific halibut, salmon, and other popular marine sport species in Alaska (e.g., lingcod and rockfish). The data collected from the survey will be used to estimate the demand for and value of marine fishing to anglers and to analyze how the type of fish caught, fishery regulations, and other factors affect fishing values and anglers' decisions to participate in Alaska marine fishing activities. The economic information provided from the survey will update and augment information collected in an earlier survey conducted in 2007 and 2012, and is necessary to help inform fishery managers about the economic values of Alaska marine sport fisheries and the changes to participation in these fisheries with proposed regulations.

Survey method: The survey will be administered as a mixed-mode survey employing both mail and telephone methods.

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Comprehensive Socioeconomic Data Collection from Alaskan Communities
Steve Kasperski
(206) 526-4727
8/1/2016 Survey type: Voluntary census

Collection cycle: Recurring, 2-5 year cycle

Target population: Representatives of Alaskan fishing communities.

Abstract: The proposed data collection will continue to provide systematic annual data over the next 10 years for the socioeconomic impact assessment of communities involved in North Pacific fisheries and will ensure that both commercial fisheries data and community level socioeconomic and demographic data are collected at comparable levels over space and time. Such data will facilitate analysis of regulatory impacts on communities and commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries, and proposed changes in fisheries management, both within and across North Pacific communities involved and engaged in fishing activities.

Survey method: Data collection employs a written survey instrument distributed to identified members of the target population by mail (and by email where possible).

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BSAI Crab Rationalization Economic Data Reports
Brian Garber-Yonts
(206) 526-6301
6/1/2016 Survey type: Mandatory census

Collection cycle: Annual

Target population: Owners/operators of crab fishing vessels active in CR program fisheries; Registered Crab Receiver permit holders.

Abstract: The BSAI Crab Economic Data Report (Crab EDR) program is intended to provide comprehensive data to analysts to examine changes in resource utilization, excess harvesting and processing capacity, economic returns, variable costs and revenues, economic efficiency, and the stability of harvesters, processors and coastal communities under the Crab Rationalization (CR) catch shares program. Program components include quota share (QS) allocation, processor quota share (PQS) allocation, individual fishing quota (IFQ), individual processing quota (IPQ) issuance, quota transfers, use caps, crab harvesting cooperatives, protections for Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries, arbitration system, monitoring, economic data collection, and cost recovery fee collection. EDR data are intended to aid the Council and NMFS in assessing the success of the CR Program and developing amendments to the FMP to mitigate any unintended consequences of the CR Program. Data submission is mandatory, and Congress required that an independent third-party data collection agent (DCA) administer the collection and dissemination of the crab EDR data. NMFS selected the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) to be the DCA., and the EDR Program is administered by NMFS through contracts with PSMFC.

Survey method: Data collection employs a secure on-line reporting portal hosted and administered by PSMFC; individual entities subject to the mandatory EDR requirement are annually noticed by PSMFC via certified US mail with secure login credentials to access personalized EDR forms to complete, certify, and submit electronically. Submitters may request paper EDR form by mail or complete and submit pdf form via email.

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Amendment 91 Chinook Salmon Economic Data Report (EDR)
Brian Garber-Yonts
(206) 526-6301
4/1/2016 Survey type: Mandatory census

Collection cycle: Annual

Target population: AFA pollock fishery participants, specifically: AFA-permitted vessel owners/operators and captains; AFA and CDQ pollock quota holders, AFA inshore cooperative representatives; Amendment 91 Incentive Plan Agreement representatives.

Abstract: The Amendment 91 Chinook Salmon Economic Data Report (A91 EDR) program is a mandatory reporting requirement under 50 CFR 679.65 for all entities participating in the American Fisheries Act (AFA) BSAI pollock trawl fishery, including vessel masters and businesses that own or lease one or more AFA-permitted vessels active in fishing or processing BSAI pollock, CDQ groups receiving allocations of BSAI pollock, and representatives of Sector entities receiving allocations of Chinook salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) from NMFS. The EDR program is comprised of three separate survey forms: 1) the Chinook salmon PSC Allocation Compensated Transfer Report (CTR), 2) the Vessel Fuel Survey, and 3) the Vessel Master Survey. The Chinook EDR Program was designed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and is intended to provide information for determining the effectiveness of Amendment 91 to the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management (BSAI) Area Fishery Management Plan. The A91 EDR is managed primarily by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, with support from NMFS Alaska Region, and is administered in collaboration with Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission acting as NMFS' Data Collection Agent.

Survey method: Data collection employs a secure on-line reporting portal hosted and administered by PSMFC; individual entities subject to the mandatory EDR requirement are annually noticed by PSMFC via certified US mail with secure login credentials to access personalized EDR forms to complete, certify, and submit electronically. Use of online reporting portal is mandatory for the data collection.

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Amendment 80/Groundfish Trawl Catcher Processor Economic Data Report (EDR)
Brian Garber-Yonts
(206) 526-6301
4/1/2016 Survey type: Mandatory census

Collection cycle: Annual

Target population: Amendment 80 QS Permit holders, and owners/operators of trawl catcher/processor vessels active in Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries.

Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) would revise the existing economic data report (EDR) to become part of a new Trawl EDR Program to evaluate the economic effects of current and future groundfish and prohibited species catch (PSC) management measures for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) trawl fisheries. This program would provide the Council with baseline information on affected harvesters, crew, processors, and communities in the GOA. The information would be used to assess the impacts of major changes in the groundfish management regime. The EDRs would be submitted by vessel owners and leaseholders of GOA trawl vessels, processors receiving deliveries from those trawl vessels, and Amendment 80 catcher/processors harvesting in the GOA and Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI) The type of data collected may include labor information, revenues received, capital and operational expenses, and other operational or financial data. With this action, the Amendment 80 EDR would be revised to include information from the GOA and would be renamed.

Survey method: Data collection employs a secure on-line reporting portal hosted and administered by PSMFC; individual entities subject to the mandatory EDR requirement are annually noticed by PSMFC via certified US mail with secure login credentials to access personalized EDR forms to complete, certify, and submit electronically. Submitters may request paper EDR form by mail or complete and submit pdf form via email.

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Gulf of Alaska Catcher Vessel & Processor Trawl (CVPT) Economic Data Report (EDR)
Brian Garber-Yonts
(206) 526-6301
4/1/2016 Survey type: Mandatory census

Collection cycle: Annual

Target population: Owners/operators of trawl catcher vessels and shore-based processors active in Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries.

Abstract: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) would implement two new Economic Data Reports (EDRs) as part of a new Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Trawl Groundfish EDR Program to evaluate the economic effects of current and future groundfish and prohibited species catch (PSC) management measures for the GOA trawl fisheries. The EDRs will provide baseline information on affected harvesters, crew, processors, and communities in the GOA. The type of data collected would include labor information, revenues received, capital and operational expenses, and other operational or financial data. The information collected would be used to assess the impacts of major changes in the groundfish management regime, including catch share programs for PSC species and target species. One of the EDRs in this new program would be submitted by owners or leaseholders of catcher vessels fishing with trawl gear for GOA groundfish. The second EDR would be submitted by owners or leaseholders of shore-based processors or stationary floating processors receiving deliveries from vessels using trawl gear fishing for groundfish in the GOA.

Survey method: Data collection employs a secure on-line reporting portal hosted and administered by PSMFC; individual entities subject to the mandatory EDR requirement are annually noticed by PSMFC via certified US mail with secure login credentials to access personalized EDR forms to complete, certify, and submit electronically. Submitters may request paper EDR form by mail or complete and submit pdf form via email.

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Alaska Saltwater Sport Fishing Charter Business Cost and Earnings Study **updated 3/3/2016**
Dan Lew
(530) 554-1842
3/1/2016 Survey type: Voluntary census

Collection cycle: Previous survey implementation in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Survey will be conducted in 2016 and 2017, and periodically thereafter pending approval.

Target population: Owners/operators of Alaska saltwater charter guide businesses licensed by ADF&G.

Abstract: To assess the effect of regulatory restrictions (currently in place or potential) on Alaska charter boat fishing operator behavior and welfare, it is necessary to obtain a better general understanding of the industry. Some information useful for this purpose is already collected from existing sources, such as the State of Alaska’s charter logbook data program. However, information on vessel and crew characteristics, services offered to clients, spatial and temporal aspects of their operations and fishing behavior, and costs and earnings information are generally not available from existing data sources and thus must be collected directly from the industry through voluntary surveys. This study aims to create an economic profile of the industry and understand the characteristics participant ting businesses and individuals. In the event future actions by the federal government result in regulatory actions, laws such as NEPA and the Regulatory Flexibility Act require social and economic impacts analysis. The information obtained in this study will provide information to the agency to assist any future impact analysis that may be required.

Survey method: Data collection employs a written survey instrument distributed to identified members of the target population by mail (and by email where possible). Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. Methods of submittal include email of electronic forms and mail of paper forms.

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Southwest Alaska Regional Economic Information Survey **updated 3/3/2016**
Chang Seung
(206) 526-4250
3/1/2016 Survey type: Voluntary

Collection cycle: One-time

Target population: Owners of catcher vessels that deliver to Southwest Alaska processors, excluding vessels that participate in comprehensive Economic Data Report annual data collections; key informant interviews will be conducted with owners/managers of Southwest Alaska shoreside seafood processors and fishing industry supplier and support businesses.

Abstract: This study is intended to improve the data for estimating regional economic impacts of fishery management decisions that may affect fishing communities. To meet National Standard 8 requirements we must collect baseline information on regional economic conditions of the regions and communities dependent on fisheries. Currently, a new data collection effort is under way for the Southwest Alaska region. Pre-testing of the survey instrument for the harvesting vessel survey has been completed. It is expected that the OMB review will begin in October 2015 and that the survey will be implemented in early 2016. This survey is different from previous surveys in that the survey will collect data at a more spatially disaggregated level (borough and census areas), allowing us to assess community-level impacts of fishery management decisions for the first time. This project will build on the 2010 economic survey that collected data on expenditures and employment of fishing vessels and processors engaged in Southeast Alaska fisheries. The 2010 Southeast Alaska economic survey was used to develop a regional economic model and develop a structural path analysis (SPA), which allows fishery managers to explicitly see the paths through which the economic impacts from a fishery management action flow.

Survey method: Mail surveys and personal or phone interviews will be used.

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Pathways to ownership in the BSAI crab fisheries
Amber Himes-Cornell
(206) 526-4221
7/1/2015 Survey type: Voluntary

Collection cycle: One-time

Target population: BSAI crab fisheries participants that provided information regarding barriers to entry and pathways to ownership in the 2014 BSAI Crab Fisheries Social Study
No PRA clearance required

Abstract: In April 2015, the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) recommended a follow-up study to the BSAI Crab Rationalization Social Study (2014) that includes an assessment of "whether the barriers to entry into the quota market are too high by gauging whether participants are able to move through the career path of the fishery—from crew to senior crew, to skipper to capital owner—in similar proportions and over the same timelines as before rationalization." In response to this request, social scientists at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center will be interviewing participants in the crab fisheries to better understand 1) how entry into the BSAI crab fishery has been impacted by rationalization; 2) how career progress within the BSAI crab fishery has been impacted by rationalization; 3) what elements are influencing the ability of new entrants to build successful careers within the BSIA crab fisheries? and 4) whether or not fishery entry and career progression should be a priority in crab management.

Survey method: Phone and in person interviews

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Alaska Halibut Catch Sharing Plan Survey
Dan Lew
(530) 554-1842
3/1/2015 Survey type: Voluntary census

Collection cycle: One-time

Target population: Holders of federal charter halibut permits.

Abstract: The objective of this project is to collect data necessary for evaluating the attitudes and preferences of saltwater sport fishing charter businesses, whose clients fish for Pacific halibut in Alaska, towards the newly-implemented Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and potential variations of one or more of its component programs contained therein (some of which are under discussion at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council). This information is needed to improve federal management decisions affecting charter-based Pacific halibut fisheries in Alaska, which are federally managed with the cooperation of the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The data collection consists of conducting a repeated mail survey with a sequential telephone interview using a census of Alaska charter businesses who have been issued a federal charter halibut permit that allows their clients to harvest Pacific halibut.

Survey method: Data collection employs a written survey instrument distributed to identified members of the target population by mail (and by email where possible). Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. Methods of submittal include email of electronic forms and mail of paper forms.

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Cook Inlet Beluga Whale (CIBW) Economic Survey
Dan Lew
(530) 554-1842
2/1/2014 Survey type: Voluntary

Collection cycle: One-time

Target population: General public; random sample of Alaska resident households.

Abstract: The Endangered Species Act-listed population of Cook Inlet beluga whales is one of five distinct population segments in United States (U.S.) waters. No empirical estimates of U.S. public values for Cook Inlet beluga whales are currently available, but this information is needed for decision makers to more fully understand the trade-offs involved in evaluating population recovery planning alternatives and to complement other information available about the costs, benefits, and impacts of alternative plans. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) plans to conduct a survey of Alaska households to collect data for estimating the economic benefits associated with changes in extinction risk resulting from protection actions for the Cook Inlet beluga whale. The results from this survey should be useful to NMFS and the public in the future as NMFS and its partners consider various actions under the recovery planning process for Cook Inlet beluga whales. Any future regulatory actions would include analyses of costs and benefits of the proposed measures as well as opportunities for public input.

Survey method: Primary data collection employs a mail survey of a random sample of Alaska households; additional data will be collected in telephone interviews with individuals who do not respond to the mail survey.

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BSAI Crab Rationalization Social Study
Amber Himes-Cornell
(206) 526-4221
1/1/2014 Survey type: Voluntary census

Collection cycle: One-time

Target population: Crab Rationalization program participants, including: quota shareholders (all individuals and entities holding CVO, CPO, CVC, or CPC quota shares), crewmembers, hired skippers, vessel owners, and cooperative representatives involved in the BSAI crab fisheries in the 2012-2013 fishing year; input also sought from representatives from each of the Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups and crab fishery experts.
No PRA review required for this data collection.

Abstract: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) is currently debating designs of a new rationalization program for the Gulf of Alaska trawl groundfish fishery and is expected to take final action on a new program in late 2014 or early 2015. These types of management programs are known to have extensive beneficial outcomes for fish stocks. Literature shows that there are mixed outcomes for the people participating in the fishery. Fishery participants may suffer negative social impacts. Sufficient non-economic social science data will be collected to describe the fishery prior to the management change, to collect baseline data. This information will be used to inform the program design and compared to a data collection post rationalization in order detect any changes in the system as a result of the management change. With the pre- and post-rationalization data, social impacts may be measured. The collection of this data will provide fisheries managers with social science data which is typically unavailable or available in limited quality. This research aims to collect extensive data about the people in the fishery for the maximum benefit to all parties, including fisheries.

Survey method: This study employs semi-structured interview methodology focused on the collection of qualitative data capturing study participants' perspectives regarding a set of topics associated with experiences under the CR program.


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