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200723800 - Providing Services to Assist Record Keeping of Over the Bank Sales in Zone 6 Tribal Fisheries

Sponsor: Steven Vigg & Company

Budgets: FY07: $74,027 | FY08: $74,027 | FY09: $74,026

Short description: This project would provide for coordination of monitoring and record keeping services for "over-the-bank" retail sales of salmonids in Zone 6 Tribal fisheries – in conjunction with CRITFC harvest management, enforcement, and marketing.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $0 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Response requested

Comment:

This proposal would address an important issue by improving information on how many salmon are caught and sold by tribal fisheries in Zone 6. Improvements in harvest accounting would likely be quite beneficial for both biological monitoring and economic development, leading to better fisheries management and enforcement. However, the proposal should contain more detail on the fishery, current records, methods and a plan for effectiveness monitoring. The proposal makes a good case for the benefits of improved record keeping for direct sales of Zone 6 catch. The rationale is that better record keeping in the Zone 6 fisheries will contribute to scientific harvest management through an increased ability to do real-time tracking of harvest. The question left unanswered is whether better records will contribute to more timely data management and reporting than currently exists. Data are presented to show the decline in Zone 6 fisheries and the subsequent need for monitoring both types of catch and total amount of catch. Some of the data series end at 1995; the most recent is 2001, which is listed as preliminary data. Three objectives relate to increasing accountability of sales, assisting fishers with record keeping, and hiring an enforcement officer to implement improved accountability actions. The proposal would be improved by discussing how improvements in harvest management – the ultimate goal of better record keeping – could be measured and monitored. The proposal presents little detail about methods to accomplish the objectives. Several questions are raised by how tasks are presented: why are all the "as needed" phrases included? This project is based on the need to improve record keeping. What criteria will be used for improvements in record keeping? How will fisher education be done? Will fisher training include basic statistics for biological and business monitoring? Will it include methods of improving sales value through fish handling procedures? How will the enforcement officer work with fishers to improve accountability? These details should be provided. Project effectiveness monitoring would be particularly relevant for this proposal which involves new efforts to introduce practices that do not currently exist. Assessment of the outcomes of this project would also be useful to a wider audience across the Basin. The proposal would be improved by including more thorough explanations of: *Quality and timeliness of existing catch data; *The nature of the bookkeeping problem; *Criteria for improved record keeping; *Relation of Zone 6 catch data (format; data collection protocols, etc.) to data collected by other agencies; *Potential for record keeping improvements to address data timeliness; *Means by which improved catch data will assist managers; *Methods of fisher outreach and education; *Content of fisher training program (e.g. basic statistics for biological and business monitoring? Methods of improving sales value through fish handling procedures?); *Means by which the enforcement officer will improve accountability; *Measurement of improved harvest management; *Means by which project effectiveness will be monitored.

State/province recommendation: MS: Do Not Fund

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: (n/a) | FY08: (n/a) | FY09: (n/a)

Comment: No comments.