Welcome to the Analysis And Program Support Division
The Analysis and Program Support Division provides permit services and fisheries data to the public and other offices within the agency. Products include data and analyses to support catch monitoring and fishery management decisions, including briefing materials for senior officials in NMFS, NOAA, and DOC. The division is organized into two sections, which are responsible for the following programs.
Permits and Limited Access Programs Section
The section provides the permits (vessel, dealer and operator permits) and other fishing authorizations that are required in order to participate in the Northeast Region's fisheries. The section also responds to data requests and maintains fishing vessel catch histories. The section implements the region's limited access vessel permit programs and maintains the vessel eligibility and allocation records. This includes administering the region's transferable allocation programs, including the days-at-sea transfer program, individual fishing quota transfer programs, and scallop trip exchanges. When new limited access permits or catch share programs are established, the section administers the application and eligibility review process.
Monitoring and Analysis Section
The section analyses fishery dependent data to support and evaluate the region's fishery management programs. Catch and landings reports are provided to the public on a weekly basis and internal users as needed to monitor fishery performance against the thresholds defined by the fishery management plans for the region's fisheries. These plans often specify inseason management adjustments that are triggered when specific harvest levels are attained, and the section provides projections and recommendations to support inseason management decisions. The section has developed new methods to monitor the region's fisheries as the management programs in the region have implemented annual catch limits. These limits require the monitoring program to account for both the landed and discarded catch in the fisheries, and we will continue to work to improve catch monitoring methods using fishery-dependent data.
Section analysts provide technical support to the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils as members of their technical teams. They also provide analyses as needed to senior NOAA managers, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and constituent groups, as requested.
- Vessel, dealer or operator permits: 978-282-8438
- Requests for data: 978-281-9133
- Fish-on-Line PINs; IVR PINs: 978-281-9133
- DAS leases, vessel replacements, baselines: 978-282-8483
- Atlantic Herring
- Atlantic Mackerel
- Atlantic Sea Scallop
- Black Sea Bass
- Illex Squid
- Longfin Squid
- NE Multispecies
- NE Skate Complex
- Small Mesh Multispecies (whiting)
- Spiny Dogfish
- Summer Flounder
- Surf Clam/Ocean Quahog
- Butterfish Mortality Cap
- Incidental Golden Tilefish