Standards for Collection of Fees
Revised vice Memorandum of Agreement 2010, Amended August 2010
- Effective January 1, 2013, the established standard fee for the inspection services shall be thirty-six cents ($.36) per fish shipped. The cost per fish shipped is to be renegotiated every three years or as required at a meeting of Triploid Grass Carp Producers and Inspectors.
- A check for the appropriate amount will be written and made payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued to the Inspector at the time of the Inspection or by other agreed terms with the USFWS. Check information will include the following: the Producer or Company's name, address, and phone number; the Producer representative's signature; the date; reference to transaction receipt for a specified number of fish.
- If no certificate can be issued by the Inspector (ie: failed inspection, no diploid controls, Coulter Counter malfunctions, etc.), a non-compliance fee will be collected by the USFWS Inspector, from the Triploid Grass Carp Producer, according to the Memorandum of Agreement USFWS penalty chart (19KB).
- The USFWS Inspector will retain the Producer's check for 7-days to allow for adjustments of any purchase order cancellation or reduction in the number of fish shipped and then is deposited into separate Regional accounts as established by USFWS Washington Office and the Denver Finance Center. A canceled order qualifies that same number of certified triploid grass carp, to be available for another sale and shipment within the original "6-calendar day period."
- The USFWS Inspector will not credit accounts for Dead-On-Arrival fish. The Grass Carp Producer must assume the burden for safe shipping of the triploid grass carp.
- The USFWS desires to retain a standardized statistically valid 120-fish sampling protocol. However, should a State or fishery program absolutely require that the number of fish to be sampled be increased (above the standard 120-fish sample), the fee for Inspection services will increase from thirty-six cents ($.36) to one dollar-fifty ($1.50) per fish shipped.
June 5, 2013