The observer fee liability invoice will be sent to processors and registered buyers by January 15 of each year for all of the landings in the prior year. The fee liability is due to NMFS by February 15. Full payment of the observer fee liability will be required before NMFS will issue a new or renewed Federal Processor Permit (FPP) or Registered Buyer permit.
Observer fees must be paid in an online system called eFISH. For more information about how to log into eFISH go here: eFISH Web Application. In order to pay Observer Fees, permit holders will need to know their NMFS ID numbers and accompanying passwords to access their accounts. The NMFS ID is a unique number assigned to a person(s)/company that applies for federal permits through the Restricted Access Management (RAM) Division.