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AFSC/FMA/Vessel Assessment Logging

Metadata Updated: April 21, 2022

Vessels fishing trawl gear, vessels fishing hook-and-line and pot gear that are also greater than 57.5 feet overall, and shoreside and floating processing facilities comprise the trip-selection stratum.

Approximately 60 days prior to the start of the year, registered owners will receive a letter informing

them that they are required to log all intended future trips for their vessel using a supplied username and

password into a web-based system (that is also accessible by telephone). This system, termed the

Observer Declare and Deploy System (ODDS), was developed by NMFS to facilitate the assignment of

observers to future fishing events on a trip-by-trip basis. As described in the proposed rule, ODDS works

by providing vessel operators (either owners or their designated captains) with an account through which

they shall enter their anticipated fishing trips. More than one trip can be entered- three if the start time of

the first trip and the end time of the last trip span more than 72 hours, six if not. Anticipated target fishery

is not required- only the port of departure and landing with the anticipated start and end times of the trip.

Each trip must be entered at least 72 hours before anticipated departure to allow the vessels? observer

provider time to deploy an observer. If the contractor provider cannot provide an observer to the vessel,

the vessel may be granted a release from coverage by NMFS and go fishing. If the provider obtains an

observer for the trip, the vessel may still opt to defer a trip for up to 48 hours from the anticipated

departure to account for unanticipated events such as poor weather conditions. If, however, after this additional 48 hour period has passed and the vessel has still not departed, that trip is cancelled by the

ODDS, the observer is released from the vessel to be deployed elsewhere, and the vessel?s next logged

trip will require observer coverage.

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Metadata Date March 29, 2022
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date April 21, 2022
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date March 29, 2022
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date April 21, 2022
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:24074
Access Constraints Cite As: Alaska Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: AFSC/FMA/Vessel Assessment Logging [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: Restricted to NMFS Employees with non-disclosure, vessel owners or their proxy(s), limited data provided to researchers within specific publication restrictions. | Use Constraints: Fishery Management, and under restricted conditions research. | Distribution Liability: Confidential - observer data shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except in accordance with certain exceptions for research and only with confidentiality forms approved and in place
Bbox East Long -125
Bbox North Lat 65
Bbox South Lat 50
Bbox West Long -180
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Harvest Object Id 2632746e-6d3b-43f1-88b4-64531181f371
Harvest Source Id 26a29bb9-50b0-47fd-920b-edc74aa6ec76
Harvest Source Title NMFS AFSC
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2013

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