Research Set-Aside Program Review Panel

The New England Fishery Management Council uses research set-aside (RSA) programs in three fisheries: Atlantic Sea Scallops, Monkfish, and Atlantic Herring. The programs use a set-aside of fishery resources (quota or days-at-sea) to generate revenue that is used to conduct needed research. While the programs are generally viewed as successful, the Council is interested in examining the programs in order to identify potential improvements.

The review is being conducted by a panel of six members: two each from the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO), and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). The panel, working under the direction of the Executive Committee, will prepare a written report that addresses questions identified by the Executive Committee or the panel itself. The panel will prepare an overall performance report for the Council that will review and provide possible recommendations related to RSA program administration, structure, and results.

Online Survey

Collecting input from stakeholders is an important part of this process. The review panel has developed an online survey to obtain information on perceived RSA program strengths and weaknesses and to identify potential areas for improvement. Please consider taking time to give us your thoughts.

  • The survey contains roughly 40 questions. Most are multiple choice, and many questions include an additional opportunity to provide detailed responses.
  • The survey can take more than 30 minutes.
    Since it’s not possible to save responses and answer the remaining questions
    later on, please consider taking the survey when you are able to complete it
    all at once.
  • You may participate in this survey anonymously if you prefer.
  • Survey input will not be attributed to any individual without explicit permission.
  • The survey will be available online through mid-September 2018.
  • Take the online survey NOW!