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Accurate catch reporting and hailing by the commercial fishing industry is pivotal to better management of Maryland’s fisheries. E-Reporting with FACTSTM allows watermen in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding tributaries to submit harvest reports directly to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR) electronically on the day of harvest. Participants use the system only on the days that they go out to commercially harvest and can benefit from special program flexibilities. The FACTSTM mobile web application allows the commercial license holders to have 24/7 access to all of their harvest records, facilitates the transfer of their harvest quotas, and helps to reduce data entry errors. E-Reporting with FACTSTM offers watermen flexibility in the way that they fish while enhancing accountability in the reporting process.

ORP coordinated the E-Reporting program in May 2012 with the goals of increasing the accountability of crab harvests and better managing blue crab stock. In 2014 and 2015, the pilot program expanded to include the Striped Bass fishery. Since then, the program has expanded to include all finfish and will soon add the for-hire fleet of charter boats, with oysters expected to be the next fishery added. More than 600 watermen are participating in the program with membership steadily increasing.


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Participation in the E-Reporting with FACTSTM program is free and voluntary, and training is available in-person and online. Technical support is also provided via a 24 hour Helpline for issues encountered in the field. If you are interested in learning more about the program or becoming a participant, please visit MD DNR’s E-Reporting website or call the Program Coordinator, Stephanie Richards, at 410-240-8314.