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Mandatory reporting: What we've learned

Active lobstermen

Zone

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

Total

#

1,108

686

860

1,211

543

792

305

4,273 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mandatory reporting has allowed the DMR to: 1. Assess how many harvesters are active in Maine compared to those that hold a license but do not fish. 2. Assess how many harvesters are active in a fishery and how active they are (helps understand the fishing fleet structure and to measure effort). 3. Assess how many harvesters are active in a certain area (county, zone, port or region), which helps in local management decisions. For example, we now know how many lobster fishermen are active per zone, which can be compared with license information to determine the number of latent license holders. 4. Determine how many fishermen are active by gear type in multi-gear fisheries. 5. Determine basic effort information in a fishery (for example, how many trips took place in a fishery in a certain time period), when those trips occurred and what was caught. The data have been used to estimate potential impact of lobstering on marine mammals; compared with sampling programs to determine if the programs’ coverage was sufficient; used to help determine the length of the shrimp season and secure disaster relief funds in the shellfish industry; incorporated into stock assessments and ASMFC compliance reports; and used to understand the crossover effort of harvesters between fisheries. For more East Coast information, visit www.accsp.org/. For Maine landings, visit www.maine.gov/dmr/comfish.htm. For custom requests for landings information, contact Bray at Heidi.Bray@maine.gov or 207-633-9504.

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