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Commercial Harvest Reports

New for 2022

Mandatory Commercial Harvest Reporting


Commercial Harvest Reporting

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why are we being asked to report now?
    Reporting has been required for all other commercial aquatic harvest methods for many years. Monthly reporting requirements for commercial fishing activities goes into effect January 1, 2022. The reported information will be used by AGFC biologists to better understand, and defend continued harvest of these natural resources.

  2. Where's the report form, and what's on it?
    An electronic reporting system for all aquatic commercial harvest activities is currently being developed by a contracted vendor. The electronic system will be accessible at this site on or before January 31, 2022. Paper report forms are also available by contacting the AGFC Fisheries Office at 870-223-6428. Required information for these reports includes: Name and CID number for the harvester; dates, methods, effort, and water body of harvest; and species, weight or size and number of animals harvested.
     
  3. When will we report for the first time?
    Commercial fishers must report their January 2022 harvest, or lack thereof, on or before February 15, 2022. Commercial fishing reports for December 2021 are not required, but roe harvest is required using the old forms. Turtle harvesters must report harvest, or lack thereof, by the 10th day of the following month. This is not a new requirement.
     
  4. Was there a public input process?
    Prior to implementation of revised commercial fishing regulations in 2020 a public comment survey was conducted which included questions about the new reporting requirement for commercial fishers. Most respondents (52%) supported this requirement. The implementation of the reporting regulation was delayed until January 1, 2022 to allow time to develop an electronic database and reporting system.
     
  5. What If I don't sell fish or set tackle each month?
    According to regulations “harvest or lack thereof” must be reported monthly. Each form and the electronic system both have check boxes indicating “Did Not Harvest”, which make it simple to report a lack of effort. This information is need to evaluate the level of effort from month to month and throughout the year.
     
  6. What happens if I forget to report a month?
    During the first year of implementation routine notifications will be distributed to all commercial license holders reminding them to submit reports. However, these reminders will discontinue through time, as the process becomes established. In situations where failure to report becomes a chronic issue, enforcement actions will be applied based on the individual circumstances, up to and including revocation of licenses and permits.