Electronic Harvest Reporting
Timely access to accurate commercial fishing harvest information is critical to effective fisheries management and to support sustainable fishing practices. Historically, accessing this information has limited the ability of managers to update fishery regulations and address fishery needs.
Since 2012, ORP has been working with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Electric Edge Systems Group, and Versar Inc. to develop and maintain an electronic harvest reporting platform - the Fishing Activity and Catching Tracking System (FACTSTM). E-reporting with FACTS allows watermen to submit harvest reports directly to Maryland Department of Natural Resources on the day of harvest.
Reporting harvest in FACTS has many benefits for watermen as well. Participants only have to use the system on days they fish and can take advantage of several business tools and harvest flexibilities.
Currently, more than 1,000 watermen are participating in the voluntary program and the system accepts over 25,000 trips annually.
Since its inception, FACTS has:
Improved harvest reporting, data quality, management, and delivery
Improved industry accountability and communication between harvesters and managers
Increased business efficiency for industry
Improved management of Maryland's fisheries
See all FACTS has to offer, sign-up, and view more details on how it works: Commercial E-Reporting (maryland.gov)
FACTS developed for Blue Crab fishery
Finfish commercial harvest reporting added to FACTS
FACTS expanded for the For-hire charter fishery
Shellfish (oyster & clam) harvest reporting added to FACTS