Cooperative Research Surveys for Commercial Fishermen and Dealers

The LDWF has received permission from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) to re-direct $15 million from the $52 million grant (NOAA Grant Number NA06NMF4540319) authorized for fisheries disaster assistance by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 109-234) to monitor recovery of Gulf fisheries impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.  Initially, this $15 million was part of $25 million earmarked for rehabilitating oyster bed and shrimp grounds; an activity specifically authorized under this grant.  This money has now been re-directed to provide additional funding (total $18.8 million) for cooperative research programs to monitor recovery of Gulf fisheries and will be used to compensate qualified Louisiana resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers and commercial fishermen who participate by completing cooperative research surveys.  Qualified participants include:

  • Louisiana resident commercial fishermen who held a valid 2008 resident commercial fisherman's license and had combined trip ticket-reported sales valued at $5,948 or more during the three-year period September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008. All saltwater species landings (shrimp, crab, oyster, menhaden, saltwater finfish) are included in total sales, regardless of the fisherman's parish of residence. Freshwater species landings (freshwater finfish and wild-caught crawfish) are included only if the fisherman resided in any of the 26 LDWF-identified hurricane-impacted parishes.
     
  • Louisiana resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers who held a valid 2008 resident wholesale/retail seafood dealer's license and had combined trip ticket reported purchases valued at $20,756 or more during the three-year period September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008. All saltwater species landings (shrimp, crab, oyster, menhaden, saltwater finfish) are included in total sales, regardless of the wholesale/retail dealer's parish of operation. Freshwater species landings (freshwater finfish and wild-caught crawfish) are included only if the wholesale/retail dealer operation was located in any of the 26 LDWF-identified hurricane-impacted parishes.

LDWF will pay qualified resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers and resident commercial fishermen who submit complete AND acceptable cooperative research surveys. All survey data submitted by fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers are public records under Louisiana law. Under this plan, trip tickets dated during the eligible period but submitted after November 30, 2008, will not be considered for qualification. 

The Fisheries Recovery Survey project will benefit commercial fishermen and seafood dealers.  This information will also help identify lingering needs from 2005 hurricanes (e.g. debris, siltation, etc).

Any questions concerning eligibility, requests for information, etc. should be directed to the SCPDC by calling 1-800-630-3791 (toll-free) or (985) 655-1051 (local) or mailing SCPDC at P.O. Box 1240, Gray, LA 70359-9902 or visiting the SCPDC website at www.scpdc.org/fisheriesassistance.

 

 

 

Number of Eligible Harvesters

 

Tier Level

Minimum Sales Level

Payment Amount

Percentile

1,265

Tier 1

$5,948

$208.83

30%

1,581

Tier 2

$24,786

$870.22

50%

1,581

Tier 3

$108,804

$3,820.05

75%

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Eligible Dealers

Tier Level

Minimum Purchase Level

Payment Amount

Percentile

113

Tier 1

$20,756

$1,437.91

30%

141

Tier 2

$67,527

$4,678.05

50%

141

Tier 3

$632,463

$43,814.97

75%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COOP Reconsideration

The department determined qualifying status for the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program based on Louisiana trip ticket landings records during the qualifying period (September 2005 through August 2008), Louisiana resident commercial fishing and dealer license records for 2008, Secretary of State Incorporation standing and LDSS Delinquent Payer status. For those fisherman and/or dealers who would like to request a review of their qualifying status for Federal Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys, a reconsideration process has been implemented. 

  1. Fisherman/dealers must first call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121 to express their concern and ask to be added to the "reconsideration list".  
  2. Fisherman/dealers who would like to be reconsidered are mailed a letter.  Included with this letter is a "Request Form" which must be completed and returned to LDWF within 30 days of the mailing date of the letter in order to confirm your request for review. If assistance is needed with completing the "Request Form" or you have questions, call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121.  Returns postmarked later than 30 days from the date of the letter will not be accepted.
  3. Fisherman/dealers interested in being reconsidered are then asked to call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121 to schedule an appointment to have their case heard in front of the Reconsideration Review Panel.  Panel review dates currently scheduled are Tuesday December 1st and Thursday December 10th.  It is very important to call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at the telephone numbers listed above to schedule the date and time of the review.  Every effort will be made to schedule a date and time that is convenient for the requestor.  The requestor will also receive a mail notice confirming the date and time of the scheduled review. 
  4. The Department has established a three-member panel to review the requests and has scheduled panel reviews at LDWF Headquarters.  It is very important that all documentation supporting the claim be brought to the scheduled panel review.  The party requesting review is responsible for providing verifiable proof that the department incorrectly determined their qualifying status.  In order to identify and maintain confidentiality of the documentation provided, LDWF has developed a "Request for Review Chain of Custody Form" to document receipt of the information submitted.   Before the documents can be examined by the review panel, LDWF staff in attendance will log this information on to the Chain of Custody Form.  
  5. Once the panel has reviewed the supporting documentation and developed its recommendation, the requester will receive written notification by mail of LDWF's final determination of the qualifying status. All determinations made by LDWF are final and cannot be appealed.

Please do not hesitate to contact the LDWF Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at the telephone numbers provided if you need assistance or additional information concerning this program.