Pacific Halibut/Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Holder Survey Characterizing Crew and Fuel Price Impacts

1 Feb

The Alaska IFQ halibut and sablefish fisheries are an important fisheries management program not just for Alaska, but the entire world. Lessons from this fishery have shaped and will continue to shape the design of quota programs around the globe.

We greatly appreciate your assistance in answering this short survey on crew makeup in the current halibut and sablefish fisheries. Comparatively little data are available regarding crew and their connection to regional economies. With your help this survey will fill in some of those missing pieces. Results from this survey allow us to measure the economic impact of the quota share holders and crew on different communities throughout the North Pacific.

The survey is funded by the Alaska Sea Grant Rapid Response Program, and led by Glenn Haight, Fisheries Development Specialist with Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. The survey was designed and will be analyzed by Alexander Kotlarov, a PhD student with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, working under the guidance of Dr. Keith Criddle.

The survey includes 14 short questions that you will probably be able to answer from memory. We understand that your crew levels may fluctuate with fishing season and year; we are looking for answers that best reflect conditions during the 2009 fishing year.

The survey has been sent to a stratified random sample of halibut and sablefish quota share (QS) holders. You are one of only a few persons that will be surveyed as a QS holder in an area with a particular size vessel, thus your response is important to ensure that our survey results are representative of each component of the fleet.

All responses will be treated confidentially. All confidential data will be destroyed upon completion of the survey. Only aggregate responses organized by IFQ category, vessel size, and size of QS holdings will be reported. Aggregate responses will not be published for any grouping if there are fewer than 3 responses.

Upon completing the survey, if you enter contact information, you will be entered in a prize drawing.

You may complete the survey on paper or online, but you will only be awarded one entry into the drawing whether you enter by mail, online, or both.

With sufficient response, the survey will be complete by March 31, 2010. Prize drawings will occur on March 31, 2010.

Online Survey:
Printable Survey: – [pdf:341kb]

Prize Drawing Information

Thank you for taking the time to assist in this important survey. All survey respondents have the option to provide their names for a prize drawing to take place on March 31, 2010.

Each name will be entered only once. Only one prize per person.

The Grand Prize Winner will select $100 worth of fishing gear of his/her choice.

Other prizes include –

  • Petro Star clothing and gear.
  • Xtra Tuff boats from Harri’s Commercial Fishing & Plumbing Supply in Juneau Alaska.
  • Your choice of select Alaska Sea Grant fisheries publications.
  • Alaskan Brewing Company hat.

Good luck!!
For More Information
Glenn Haight , Fisheries Business Specialist