Commercial Vessel Expenditures Survey

Prepared by: IPHC Secretariat (B. Hutniczak; 16 November 2020; app last updated on 3 March 2021 [performance improvement])


Introduction

This VOLUNTARY and CONFIDENTIAL survey is designed to gather information that characterizes the economic contribution of commercial Pacific halibut fisheries to all regions covered by the convention establishing the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

The intention of the study is to demonstrate the importance of the Pacific halibut resource to the economy of the region where the harvest occur, as well as spillover effects to other areas. The study will account for direct impacts of supplied fish, value added along the supply chain (e.g., post-harvest processing), as well as economic activity generated by commercial fishers' expenditures in various sectors and households spending Pacific halibut-supported wages. To learn more about the IPHC economic study, please visit our website .

There are four main sections to be filled out in this survey: (A) vessel and its activities, (B) revenue and quota use information, (C) vessel labor information, and (D) vessel operating expenses. The last section includes space for any additional comments you may have.

YOUR RESPONSES WILL BE HELD STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND USED ONLY TO ESTIMATE THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF COMMERCIAL PACIFIC HALIBUT FISHERIES TO REGIONS COVERED BY THE IPHC. All individual survey responses will be held by only a limited number of researchers at the IPHC. Only the summary results of this survey will be reported to the public. Your responses and the data collected from this survey will not be seen or used for any other purpose by the IPHC, National Marine Fisheries Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, other federal, state, provincial or local agencies, or other parties.

The data you provided is protected by the IPHC DATA CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY AND PROCEDURES of 2 August 2019 available here .

Filling the survey is estimated to take no more than 30 minutes, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering the data needed, and completing and reviewing the form. For numeric questions, please provide your best estimates. There is no need to verify your answers with logbook or financial records.

Responses should reflect information for the FISHING SEASON INDICATED BELOW . We recognize that 2020 was not a typical fishing season, and the analysis will reflect that. You can also retrospectively submit information for 2019. Data for 2019, covering pre-covid-19 operations, will be used as a baseline for drawing conclusions under normal circumstances.

Information should be given in units indicated in square brackets. Word document with all questions can be supplied upon request.

Questions and comments can be directed to Barbara Hutniczak, Fisheries Economist, Fisheries Policy & Economics Branch, International Pacific Halibut Commission, at Barbara.Hutniczak@iphc.int or via phone: 206-552-7693.



Thank you for participating in the survey


Question A.2: Vessel owner

Please provide information about the vessel owner and indicate if you wish to be updated on the study findings.

Question A.3: Vessel information

Question A.4: Information on vessel activities

Please indicate your best estimate of the number of calendar days for each activity, indicating the use of your vessel in the selected fishing season. No need to verify with logbook records.

Question B.1: Pacific halibut quota use

This section is about the use of the Pacific halibut quota use by your vessel. You may skip any question that does not apply to your situation. Please indicate your best estimate for each row, no need to verify with records.

Question B.2: Information on revenue

Please provide estimated revenues (value before tax) from landing Pacific halibut, as well as other species caught during fishing trips targeting Pacific halibut. No need to verify with financial records.

Question B.1: Pacific halibut quota use

This section is about the use of the Pacific halibut quota use by your vessel. You may skip any question that does not apply to your situation. Please indicate your best estimate for each row, no need to verify with records.

Question B.2: Information on revenue

Please provide estimated revenues (value before tax) from landing Pacific halibut, as well as other species caught during fishing trips targeting Pacific halibut. No need to verify with financial records.

Question B.1: Information on revenue

Please provide estimated revenues (value before tax) from landing Pacific halibut, as well as other species caught during fishing trips targeting Pacific halibut. No need to verify with financial records.

Question C1: Vessel labor information - regional allocation

Please fill the table with the total number of skippers and crew members who were paid by crew shares or by wages or salaries for their work on board the vessel while fishing for Pacific halibut. If the owners of the vessel were paid for work on the vessel, include them in relevant categories. Indicate residency of skippers and crew members by filling appropriate columns.

The regions are defined as follows:

  • AK - Alaska
  • WC - US West Coast, including WA, OR and CA
  • RUS - rest of the United States (all US states besides AK, WA, OR, CA)
  • BC - British Columbia
  • ROC - rest of Canada (all Canadian provinces besides British Columbia)
  • ROW - rest of the world (any country besides Canada or the United States)
  • BC - British Columbia
  • ROC - rest of Canada (all Canadian provinces besides British Columbia)
  • AK - Alaska
  • WC - US West Coast, including WA, OR and CA
  • RUS - rest of the United States (all US states besides AK, WA, OR, CA)
  • ROW - rest of the world (any country besides Canada or the United States)
  • WC - US West Coast, including WA, OR and CA
  • AK - Alaska
  • RUS - rest of the United States (all US states besides AK, WA, OR, CA)
  • BC - British Columbia
  • ROC - rest of Canada (all Canadian provinces besides British Columbia)
  • ROW - rest of the world (any country besides Canada or the United States)

Question C2: Payments to labor

Please indicate labor cost (payments to hired skippers and crew members) related to targeting Pacific halibut. Include bonuses and payroll taxes, but exclude owner's net income (i.e. profit) , employee benefits (insurance, paid leave, etc.), as well as any employee-paid contributions to fuel, food, management fees or other vessel expenses.

Question D.1: Vessel operating costs

Please fill the following table with expenditure items related to targeting Pacific halibut using the instructions provided below. We ask for your best estimates, based on your general recollection. There is no need for exact accounting.

First column should include values in monetary terms . If expense in any of the categories below does not apply to you, leave the cell with '0'. Do not include in the cell any characters other than numbers - e.g. write 1000, not '1.000' or '1000 USD'/'1000 CAD'.

The following columns should include approximate percentage allocation of each expenditure item to each indicated area . The sum should be 100%. For example, the fuel and lubricants costs might have been spent 80% in Alaska (AK) and 20% in the West Coast of the United States. When filling columns 2-7, just write numbers ranging from 0 to 100, do not use '%' sign.

The regions are defined as follows:

  • AK - Alaska
  • WC - US West Coast, including WA, OR and CA
  • RUS - rest of the United States (all US states besides AK, WA, OR, CA)
  • BC - British Columbia
  • ROC - rest of Canada (all Canadian provinces besides British Columbia)
  • ROW - rest of the world (any country besides Canada or the United States)
  • BC - British Columbia
  • ROC - rest of Canada (all Canadian provinces besides British Columbia)
  • AK - Alaska
  • WC - US West Coast, including WA, OR and CA
  • RUS - rest of the United States (all US states besides AK, WA, OR, CA)
  • ROW - rest of the world (any country besides Canada or the United States)
  • WC - US West Coast, including WA, OR and CA
  • AK - Alaska
  • RUS - rest of the United States (all US states besides AK, WA, OR, CA)
  • BC - British Columbia
  • ROC - rest of Canada (all Canadian provinces besides British Columbia)
  • ROW - rest of the world (any country besides Canada or the United States)

In row 2 (vessel, engine, gear) , include a share of fixed capital costs you would allocate to activities related to targeting Pacific halibut during the selected fishing season. Assessing the total, consider all costs related to repair or replacement of the vessel, its engine, fishing gear, safety equipment and other equipment, and any electronic equipment aboard the vessel. Any principal payments for the vessel should be also include in this category.

In row 5 (management and license fees) , include all government-mandated costs of fishing related to Pacific halibut, including management and license fees, as well as fish taxes and landing tariffs.

In rows 6-8) , provide an assessment of the costs you would allocate to activities related to targeting Pacific halibut, which could be a share of your total cost for the given item if the vessel is used in other fisheries or for other activities. In row 8 , consider interest payments for all types of investments, including vessel, other equipment and quota.

In row 9 (purchase or lease of quota) , include all payments towards purchase or lease of Pacific halibut quota. This may include principal payments related to previously purchased quota, but exclude interest payments on quota purchase.

In row 10 (other expenditures) , include any other payments related to targeting Pacific halibut that were not included in items 1-9. These can include, for example, crew insurance benefits, crew paid leave benefits, equipment leases, gear leases, co-op dues, association fees, other fees, other professional services, advertising, consignment (if you pay for brokerage services, not if you sell directly to an agent or broker), moorage and dockage expenses, any expenditures related to handling of fish after landing (not applicable if you deliver the fish directly to the buyer), use of vehicles related to fishing activities (but not related to transport of landed fish), other shorefront expenses.



Question D2: Major overhaul

Comments on the impact of COVID-19

Comments on the survey

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