NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
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NOAA Fisheries Service
Owners of federally permitted Northeast U.S. commercial fishing vessels that landed any fish in 2005 will get something extra when their annual federal permit renewal packages arrive in early 2007. This year’s renewal packages will include a voluntary survey on the fixed costs of operating commercial vessels.
“Fixed costs” include insurance, mooring and dockage fees, repairs and maintenance, and other costs that are not directly determined by the number and duration of trips a vessel makes. NOAA economists need information about fixed costs to analyze the potential financial impact of proposed fishery regulations.Data gathered in the survey will be kept confidential. Vessel owners do not have to participate in the survey in order to renew their permits. Vessel owners with questions about the survey can contact NOAA Fisheries economist Andrew Kitts at 508-495-2231.
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