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Privacy Policy

We are committed to the privacy of our visitors. We collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Here Is How We Handle Information About Your Visit To Our Web Site

Information Collected and Stored Automatically: If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Web site, read pages or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store information like the following concerning your visit.

  • The Internet domain (for example, "");
  • Your IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our Web site;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The pages you visit; and
  • If you linked to our Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors, to learn about the number of visitors to our site, and the types of technology our visitors use.

Information Protection

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. If such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act or other law.

Information That You Provide

Section 402 ("Information Collection") of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Public Law 94-265), along with other Federal Regulations (50 CFR 622.21, 50 CFR 622.22, 50 CFR 635.15), authorize collection of the information requested by this site.

When a user clicks the "Submit" or "Continue" button on any of the Web forms found on our site they are indicating consent to use of the information they submit for the stated purpose. We do not collect or use information for commercial marketing.

How Information Is Used

Information that you provide to this site is used in order to perform the activities of the Catch Shares programs for red snapper, grouper and tilefish in the Gulf of Mexico and IBQ program for bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic. Per 622.21 (a) (3) and 622.22 (a) (3) Electronic system requirements. (i) The administrative functions associated with this IFQ program, e.g., registration and account setup, landing transactions, and transfers, are designed to be accomplished online. Reference 635.15 for corresponding language for Individual Bluefin Quota.

Sharing Of Information

We may share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency. In other limited circumstances, such as responses to requests from Congress and private individuals, we may be required by law to disclose information you submit. The information that is typically shared to satisfy one of these requests consists of aggregates of share and allocation transfers and landings of Catch Shares species, or data analysis of activity, as seen in the Red Snapper or Grouper Tilefish Annual Reports. Those reports can be found at, click on Additonal Information.

Section 402(b) ("Confidentiality of Information") of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act enables NMFS to withhold records requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

All federal agencies that receive your information must comply with all applicable federal laws dealing with information disclosures.

Retention of Information

We destroy the information we collect when the purpose for which it was provided has been fulfilled unless we are required to keep it longer by statute or official policy. Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules approved by the National Archives and Records Administration, and in some cases information submitted to us may become an agency record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Links to Other Sites

This site may have links to the Web sites of other federal agencies. There may be links to private organizations, with their permission. Once you go to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. It is always a good idea to read the Privacy Policy of any Web site that you visit.


"Cookies" are small bits of text that are either used for the duration of a session ("session cookies"), or saved on a user's hard drive in order to identify that user, or information about that user, the next time the user logs on to a Web site ("persistent cookies"). This Web site does not use persistent cookies or any other persistent tracking technology. One or more of our component sites may use session cookies to provide streamlined navigation. These session cookies are deleted from the component's server after your session ends and information from them is not collected or saved.

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