Permit Information

E-Reporting with FACTSTM – Charter Pilot Permit

The above-named individual is an authorized (COMAR 08.02.01.10) participant in a Maryland Department of Natural Resources Electronic Reporting Pilot study evaluating for-hire fisheries reporting systems. 

Conditions: 

1. Participants and their designated authorized representatives shall be able to provide verification of their participation in the program and their eligibility to use the flexibilities described below. 

2. Participants shall provide daily reports of charter catch (harvest and discards) and effort data as required via electronic means in lieu of paper harvest reports for the duration of their participation in the pilot study. 

3. Participants shall provide daily reports required by the department in the appropriate FACTSTM form.

4. If a participant is unable or fails to provide daily reports, the person is required to submit such other reports as required under provisions of Natural Resources Article §4-206(c). 

5. Participants will not be subject to the penalty provisions of Natural Resources Article §4-701(n) for failure of devices to function. 

6. The department will not use the reporting devices to track a participant’s location during the study. 

7. Flexibility
Striped Bass Charter Fishery
a) Except as provided in section b), pilot participants operating under a Resident Fishing Guide License (FGR), Nonresident Fishing Guide License (FGN), Master Fishing Guide License (FGM) or Unlimited Tidal Fish License (TFL) will have the flexibility to possess up to two striped bass per passenger per fishing trip, including one striped bass greater than 28 inches, within the open recreational striped bass season after May 15. Due to restrictions in COMAR 08.02.01.10, all other fishing guides operating in Maryland waters are not eligible for this flexibility.

b) Pilot participants may only possess one striped bass per passenger per fishing trip when fishing on open areas of the Susquehanna River, Susquehanna Flats and Northeast River from May 16 through 31.

8. The department may, at its discretion, terminate participation of any permittee at any time. 

9. If the participant temporarily transfers their license, the transferee must enroll in the pilot or the original participants’ account will be deactivated. 

10. This permit shall be signed by the participant and approved representative of the Department of Natural Resources. 

11. The department, Oyster Recovery Partnership, Versar, and Electric Edge are held harmless from participant’s use of the electronic reporting platforms or acts occurring during that use. 

12. Participants docking and landing on private property grant access to staff of the department, Oyster Recovery Partnership, Versar Inc., and Electric Edge Systems Group Inc. for the sole purpose to conduct harvest verification. 

Please contact Stephanie Richards at FisheriesEReporting.DNR@maryland.gov or 410-260-8314 with any questions regarding this pilot.​


E-Reporting with FACTSTM – Blue Crab Pilot Permit

Blue Crabs

The above-named individual is an authorized (COMAR 08.02.01.10) participant in a Maryland Department of Natural Resources pilot study with the Blue Crab Design Team evaluating monitoring and reporting systems for the commercial blue crab fishery.

Conditions:

1. Participants and their designated authorized representatives shall be able to provide verification of their participation in the program and their eligibility to use the flexibilities described below.

2. Participants shall provide daily reports of crabbing harvest and effort data as required via electronic means in lieu of paper harvest reports for the duration of their participation in the pilot study.

3. Participants shall provide daily reports required by the department in the appropriate FACTSTM form.

4. If a participant is unable or fails to provide daily reports, the person is required to submit such other reports as required under provisions of Natural Resources Article §4-206.

5. Participants will not be subject to the penalty provisions of Natural Resources Article §4-701(n) for failure of devices to function.

6. The department will not use the reporting devices to track a participant’s location during the study.

7. Day off Flexibility (All Season):

a) Pilot participants will observe a crabbing week from Wednesday through Tuesday.

b) Pilot participants shall not crab on more than six (6) days during any crabbing week, except as otherwise specifically permitted by the department for holidays.

c) Pilot participants are required to display the letters “EHR” on their vessel throughout their participation in the Pilot. The letters shall be painted or firmly attached to the port side near the stern of the vessel. The letters shall be plain vertical block characters of not less than 3 inches in height and shall contrast with the color of the background.

8. Early Start Time Flexibility (June, July and August Only):

a) Pilot participants licensed to catch crabs for sale may remove crabs from crab pots in the Chesapeake Bay up to two (2) hours before sunrise by electing to start early in FACTSTM as part of their start hail for each trip during the months of June, July and August.

b) Pilot participants will observe an eight hour workday so that if they elect to start early they must cease removing crabs from their pots six (6) hours after sunrise in the months of June, July and August regardless of their start time.

c) Pilot Participants licensed to catch crabs for sale may remove crabs from crab pots in the Chesapeake Bay up to three (3) hours before sunrise on July 3 and July 4 by electing to start early in FACTSTM on those days, and must cease removing crabs from their pots six (6) hours after sunrise.

9. The department may, at its discretion, terminate participation of any permittee at any time.

10. If the participant temporarily transfers their license, the transferee must enroll in the pilot or the original participant’s account will be deactivated.

11. This permit shall be signed by the participant and approved representative of the Department of Natural Resources.

12. The department, Oyster Recovery Partnership, Versar, and Electric Edge are held harmless from participant’s use of devices which are used to access the FACTSTM system, and from acts occurring during that use.

13. Participants docking and landing on private property grant access to staff of the department, Oyster Recovery Partnership, Versar Inc., and Electric Edge Systems Group Inc. for the sole purpose to conduct harvest verification.

Please contact Stephanie Richards at FisheriesEReporting.DNR@maryland.gov or 410-260-8314 with any questions regarding this pilot.​


E-Reporting with FACTSTM - Finfish Pilot Permit

Commercial watermen pulling a striped bass out of a gill net. The above named individual is an authorized (COMAR 08.02.01.10) participant in a Maryland Department of Natural Resources Finfish Electronic Reporting Pilot study evaluating commercial fisheries harvest reporting systems.

Conditions:

1. Participants and their designated authorized representatives shall be able to provide verification of their participation in the program and their eligibility to use the flexibilities described below.

2. Participants shall provide daily reports of fin-fishing harvest and effort data as required via electronic means in lieu of paper harvest reports for the duration of their participation in the pilot study.

3. Participants shall provide daily reports required by the department in the appropriate FACTSTM form.

4. If a participant is unable or fails to provide daily reports, the person is required to submit such other reports as required under provisions of Natural Resources Article §4-206.

5. Participants will not be subject to the penalty provisions of Natural Resources Article §4-701(n) for failure of devices to function.

6. The department will not use the reporting devices to track a participant’s location during the study.

7. Flexibilities:

Commercial Striped Bass Fishery -

a) Pilot participants will no longer use a paper quota share card. The FACTSTM system will be used to check in their catch and shall update their remaining quota in real-time.

b) Pilot participants will have the flexibility to check-in harvest on the next day after a fishing trip. A previous day’s harvest can be checked in either by itself, or can be combined with the next day’s harvest at the end of the second fishing day.

c) Pilot participants can designate authorized representatives to check harvest in under their license. Pilot participants will set up accounts (user name and password) for each authorized representative to use when checking harvest. Authorized representatives cannot check in harvest the next fishing day after harvest.

Commercial Yellow Perch Fishery –

a) Pilot participants will be allowed to use box tags in place of individual tags for their harvest.

b) Pilot participants are no longer required to call in daily to the Yellow Perch Hotline.

8. The department may, at its discretion, terminate participation of any permittee at any time.

9. If the participant temporarily transfers their license, the transferee must enroll in the pilot or the original participants’ account will be deactivated.

10. This permit shall be signed by the participant and approved representative of the Department of Natural Resources.

11. The department, Oyster Recovery Partnership, Versar, and Electric Edge are held harmless from participant’s use of the electronic reporting platforms or acts occurring during that use.

12. Participants docking and landing on private property grant access to staff of the department, Oyster Recovery Partnership, Versar Inc., and Electric Edge Systems Group Inc. for the sole purpose to conduct harvest verification.​

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​Please contact Stephanie Richards at 410-260-8314 with any questions regarding these pilot programs.