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Fisheries Data Rules of Behavior    
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1I will not disclose any confidential data to any person(s), until deeming that all persons involved have the necessary level of access. If necessary, please contact support@accsp.org to determine individuals with confidential access.
2I understand the Fisheries Rule of Three (3) and further, I will not disclose data in any form that violates said rule as described under the ACCSP Confidential data use web page: http://www.accsp.org/dataware.htm.
3I will not share my assigned ACCSP username and password with any other person under any circumstances.
4I will immediately report all violations and/or breaches of ACCSP confidentiality to the ACCSP Database Manager, admin@accsp.org.
5I am aware that some ACCSP partners (State and Federal) have additional requirements for access to confidential data. Where necessary, I agree to submit forms and comply with partner specific regulations. More information on partner forms, regulations and penalties are available on the ACCSP website (www.accsp.org/dataware.htm).
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By submitting this page, I signify that:
1) I have read and understand the "Fisheries Data Rules of Behavior" and
2) I am fully aware that each partner of the ACCSP may have its own civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or other violations of the confidentiality of fisheries data. I also understand that I may be subject to those penalties under federal orders or state regulations.
3) I agree to the following Terms and Conditions.

Terms and Conditions    

ACCSP Confidential Data Definition and Process

FISHERIES RULE OF THREE (3) DEFINITIONS:

ACCSP partners defined confidential data in the Program Design Document using the "rule of 3" for commercial catch and effort data. The "rule of 3" is defined as: Any fisheries data that would identify a single fisheries entity.

For example: There is a report for the total landings of purple striped jellyfish in 2005. If less than three dealers purchased that jellyfish for that year then it is a violation of the fisheries rule of three to show any totals of landings. OR; if less than three fishermen catch and land that jellyfish, then it is a violation of the fisheries rule of three to show any totals of landings.

ACCSP confidentiality applies to catch and effort data. Under current NOAA Fisheries rule, bycatch data observed on a mandatory commercial or for-hire trip are not considered confidential. Recreational data collected by the MRFSS are also not considered confidential.

Suggestions on data usage and summarization prior to distribution:

Trip level data is powerful and often necessary to perform detailed analyses. Confidential access to trip level data is provided specifically for this purpose. However, data must be summarized prior to presentation and/or distribution.

Be aware that simply removing participant (dealer, fisherman, and vessel) name is not sufficient to ensure confidentiality of ACCSP data. In some cases, an annual summary by state and species is still confidential because only one or two dealers process the catch. Alternatively, if there is only one known harvester in a state, their identity is implicit. Any time data can be traced back to a single trip or a single harvester (even when it is implicit), data should be pooled for presentation purposes. Pooling may be done across years or areas (states) to best fit the intended presentation or analysis (i.e. group several states when one state has only one harvester). Alternatively, data cells with confidential information can be masked with another symbol (*) and the totals adjusted downward for presentation to ensure the confidential data cannot be determined by subtraction. When presenting minimum or maximum data, or range of values data, users should present the information so that it summarizes the data to at least 3 participants, such as a histogram of data in a several categories (e.g. <500, 500-1000, >1000), or statements such as 90% of the data falls between [low value] and [high value].

PROCESS:

It is the sole responsibility of the person extracting confidential data from ACCSP to ensure that confidential data are not disclosed via presentation, publication, or other distribution. Users will be held accountable for any violations by the partner granting access.

ACCSP acts as the stewards of the data owned by the program partners. Therefore the confidentiality laws, rules, and regulations of the Partner that originally collected the data apply and shall prevail. Penalties for distribution of confidential data vary by partner and are listed on http://www.accsp.org/dataware.htm.

Confidential data access is governed by the ACCSP Program Design Document (November 2004) section on confidential data (pages 15-17). See Excerpts below:

Confidential information is that which is "identifiable with any person or entity and prohibited by law from being disclosed to the public. It is data used as a basis for reasoning, discussion or calculations that a person may submit, either voluntarily or as required by Federal or State statute." Vessel and individual identifiers are masked from non-confidential users in the ACCSP data warehouse. Confidential data can only be disclosed to or accessed by authorized users. Data are only to be released to the public in aggregate form, such that the identity of the submitter(s) cannot be determined either from the present release alone or in combination with other releases.

The Program's confidentiality policy is a strict interpretation of the Fisheries Rule of Three, that is three or more submitters have reported a species for a given time period. Procedures to guide non-disclosure of confidential data include:

Ø  Questions on release of data must be referred to the partner who originally collected the data, as the confidentiality laws, rules and regulations of that partner shall prevail. All authorized users must consent in writing, to comply with state and federal non-disclosure policies and written statements.

Ø  In the event of disclosure of confidential data, the ACCSP shall cooperate fully by providing whatever information is available to identify the user who released the data and/or which Partner supplied the data in question. At the discretion of the supplying Partner, the ACCSP will revoke access to the user in question.

Ø  All subpoenas intended to obtain data from the ACCSP data management system shall be forwarded immediately to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's legal counsel. Counsel will make a determination how to handle each subpoena.

Contact Information for ACCSP Partners    
AgencySecurity ContactMailing AddressPhone / Fax
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCESROB WATTSP.O. BOX 8
W. BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME 04575
207.633.9412
207.633.9579(Fax)
NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAMECHERI PATTERSON225 MAIN STREET
DURHAM, NH 03824
603.868.1095
603.868.3305(Fax)
MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIESANNA WEBB30 EMERSON AVE.
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
978.282.0308
617.727.3337(Fax)
RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENTNICHOLE ARES3 FT. WETHERILL ROAD
JAMESTOWN, RI 02835
401.423.1926
401.423.1925(Fax)
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONCOLLEEN GIANNINIP.O. BOX 719
OLD LYME, CT 06371
860.447.4308
860.434.6150(Fax)
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATIONJULIA SOCRATES205 BELLE MEAD ROAD SUITE. 1
EAST SETAUKET, NY 11733
631.444.0473
631.444.5628(Fax)
NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFEMARYELLEN GORDONP.O. BOX 418
PORT REPUBLIC, NJ 08241
609.748.2020
609.748.2032(Fax)
DELAWARE DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFESCOTT NEWLINP.O. BOX 330
LITTLE CREEK, DE 19961
302.739.4782
302.739.6780(Fax)
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCESCONNIE LEWISTAWES STATE OFFICE BUILDING B-2
580 TAYLOR AVE.
ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401
410.260.8296
410.260.8279(Fax)
VIRGINIA MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSIONSTEPHANIE IVERSON2600 WASHINGTON AVE. 4TH FLOOR
NEWPORT NEWS, VA 23607
757.247.2061
757.247.2264(Fax)
NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIESALAN BIANCHIP.O. BOX 769
MOREHEAD CITY, NC 28557
252.726.7021
252.726.3903(Fax)
SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCESAMY DUKESP.O. BOX 12559
CHARLESTON, SC 29422
843.953.9313
843.953.9362(Fax)
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCESJULIE CALIFF1 CONSERVATION WAY
BRUNSWICK, GA 31520
912.264.7218
912.262.3143(Fax)
FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSIONSTEVE BROWN100 8TH AVENUE SE
ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33701
727.896.8626
727.894.6181(Fax)
ATLANTIC COASTAL COOPERATIVE STATISTICS PROGRAMJULIE DEFILIPPI1050 N. HIGHLAND ST. STE. 200A-N
ARLINGTON, VA 22201
703.842.0780
703.842.0779(Fax)
NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE
NORTHEAST REGIONAL OFFICE
ETHAN HAWES55 GREAT REPUBLIC DRIVE
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
978.281.9296
978.281.9161(Fax)
SOUTHEAST FISHERIES SCIENCE CENTERSTEVE TURNER75 VIRGINIA BEACH DRIVE
MIAMI, FL 33149
305.361.4482
305.361.4562(Fax)
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