Aleutian Islands Pollock Program Cost Recovery for Fishing Year 2018
A report summarizing costs directly related to management of the Aleutian Islands Pollock fishery subject to cost recovery.
Section 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes and requires the collection of cost recovery fees for limited access privilege programs (LAPP) including the Community Development Quota (CDQ) and Aleutian Island Pollock (AIP) Programs. Cost recovery fees recover the actual costs directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of the programs. Section 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates that cost recovery fees not exceed three percent of the annual ex-vessel value of fish harvested by a program subject to a cost recovery fee, and that the fee be collected either at the time of landing, filing of a landing report, or sale of such fish during a fishing season or in the last quarter of the calendar year in which the fish is harvested.
NMFS manages the Aleutian Island Pollock Program (AIP) as a LAPP. On January 5, 2016, NMFS published a final rule to implement cost recovery payments for the AIP program (81 FR 150). The Aleut Corporation’s designated representative for harvesting is responsible for paying the annual fee for pollock landed under the AIP Program. The total dollar amount of the fee liability is determined by multiplying the NMFS published fee percentage by the ex-vessel value of all landings made under the program made during the fishing year. NMFS calculates the fee percentage each year according to the factors and methods described at 50 CFR 679.95(c)(2).
NMFS published the 2018 fee percentage notice for the Aleutian Island Pollock program in the Federal Register on November 30, 2018 (83 FR 61605). Payments are due on December 31 of the year in which the landings were made.