2021 Charter Pilot Program Update
The for-hire pilot using the FACTSTM electronic reporting system has been designed as a comprehensive and verifiable real-time reporting program. Since its launch in May of 2020, more than 365 individuals have been permitted to participate in the Charter Pilot. The continued growth of the program is also reflected in the number of trips and anglers being reported by Chesapeake Bay captains using the system. In 2020 a total of 10,646 trips with 69,666 anglers were reported between May – September. During that same timeframe in 2021, a total of 11,565 trips with 79,341 anglers were reported. The pilot is entering the final phase of the grant funding its development, but will continue to be supported by the department as a harvest reporting option.
Part of the success of the program depends on the required harvest verification done by Roving Monitors and Onboard Observers (pictured). While the Roving Monitors were able to meet many of the program participants at the dock, there continued to be a need to ensure that the Estimated Landing Time and Location being reported in participant End Hails were accurate. To improve landing location accuracy a new search feature was added to the system, allowing users to quickly find the address they needed.
Updates about the progress of the program will continue to be provided during the term of the pilot. If you have feedback and or suggestions for the FACTS program, please contact the E-Reporting Team: FisheriesEReporting.email@example.com.
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Missing harvest reports? Get a harvest report checkup and submit any missing reports prior to joining the program. You can print blank copies of all the required harvest reports online. Please contact the commercial harvest reporting group at FisheriesHarvestReport.firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-260-8301 for assistance.
Have a TFL or other finfish license? If you are interested in joining the FACTS
program for your Blue Crab and/or Finfish reporting, contact us today to get
started. You’ll be able to report all your harvest activity online and use the
program’s special flexibilities. There are several options for learning how to
report electronically and we can help you find the way that works best for you.
For more information, contact the program coordinator,