Processor Expenditures Survey [land-based processing plants]

Prepared by: IPHC Secretariat (B. Hutniczak; 23 October 2020)


Introduction

This VOLUNTARY and CONFIDENTIAL survey is designed to gather information that characterizes the economic contribution of commercial Pacific halibut processing to all regions covered by the convention establishing the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). The survey is designed to accommodate land-based processing plants, not offshore processing vessels.

The intention of the study is to demonstrate the importance of the Pacific halibut resource to the economy of the region the surveyed plant is based in, as well as spillover effects to other areas. The study will account for direct impacts of supplied fish, value added along the supply chain (post-harvest processing), as well as economic activity generated indirectly by supplying Pacific halibut dependent sectors and spending Pacific halibut-dependent wages. To lean more about the IPHC economic study, please visit our website .

There are three main sections to be filled out in this survey: (A) basic information about the processor, (B) labor information, and (C) activity information. 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 THE PACIFIC HALIBUT RESOURCE 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 20 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 financial records.

Responses should reflect information for the YEAR INDICATED BELOW . We recognize that 2020 was not a typical year, and the analysis will reflect that. Processing plan representatives 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.

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.1: Basic information about the processor

Please provide basic information about the processing facility and indicate if you wish to be updated on the study findings.

Question B1: Processor labor information - regional allocation

Please fill the table with the total number of employees (line workers, supervisors, support staff, administrative staff) that worked for the processing plant in the selected year. Indicate the residency of employees 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 C.1: Pacific halibut input

Question C.2: Information on Pacific halibut processing

Please indicate what comprises Pacific halibut products wholesale value using the table below. Please limit your estimate to primary processing, i.e., processing of Pacific halibut purchased from harvesters, not from other processors. Additional information on how to fill the table is provided below the table. We ask for your best estimates, there is no need for exact accounting.

Cost of Pacific halibut input is the buying amount paid for the raw input purchased from harvesters and used in the production process. Exclude secondary processing.

Cost of labor should include payments to employees (including bonuses and payroll taxes), but exclude owner's net income (profit) .

Other expenditure items may include packaging materials, other supplies, cost of running the facility (energy, utilities, waste disposal), transportation, plant repair and maintenance, insurance and any other business expenses.

Taxes on production and imports (TPI) include sales and excise taxes, customs duties, property taxes, motor vehicle licenses, severance taxes and any other taxes other than payroll taxes and taxes on owner's profits. Subsidies should counted as a negative value towards the assessment of TPI.

Example: If you purchase Pacific halibut input for USD 4 per lbs and the sale price of the processed product leaving the plant is USD 5, then the value in row 1 should be 80% (4/5*100%). If the average labor cost of processing 1 lb of Pacific halibut is USD 0.5, then the value in row 2 should be 10% (0.5/5*100%).


Question C.3: Dependence on Pacific halibut.

Comments on the impact of COVID-19

Comments on the survey

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