Our ability to fulfill a request for commercial quota depends on how much quota remains in our quota ‘pool’ at any given time
We start the season with a significant amount of quota in hand and work continuously with commercial halibut fishers to replenish the pool as quickly as demand requires.
If we run out, we will post a notice telling our customers whether and when we expect to have more quota available.
Our ability to fulfill a request to return quota requires us to first find someone to lease that quota
We work continuously with commercial halibut fishers and so far have been able to return quota consistently and on terms that work for all parties.
However, demand for halibut quota in both commercial and recreational sectors varies throughout the season. Hence, although we will always offer the best terms we can, those terms may vary.
There are upper limits on the amount of each transaction
However there is no limit to the number of transactions you can request.
One limit is set by the maximum transaction amount that PayPal will process. The dollar value of each transaction is also determined by quota lease price, which can change weekly.
We also place put a poundage limit on each transaction to help ensure that we can make quota available for as long as possible to recreational customers, large and small. We embed these limits in the system and manage them throughout the season.
We publish a lease price for commercial-to-recreational transfers each week and show it to you up front
We work continuously with participants in the halibut sector who estimate a likely quota price range for each week.
We use that information to publish a fair lease price that normally remains fixed for seven days. We provide that price to you up front, along with the date on which it will expire. We use the number of pounds you request and calculate your total lease cost for you, at which point you can choose whether to proceed.
If you come back to us again before the date that price expires, your lease cost per pound will be the same. Everyone who uses AccessQ during the same period will see the same lease price per pound of quota.
AccessQ is a completely confidential service
We do not share your identity or personal details with other recreational stakeholders, commercial fishers or their representatives. We must send details of each transaction to DFO for validation and recording, but that’s it.
We do not retain any of your credit card information. Automated credit card payments are managed within the secure PayPal system, which is separate from the AccessQ platform.
Each transaction requires payment before quota can be transferred onto a recreational licence
AccessQ is set up to get you the quota you need, when you need it, as quickly and conveniently as possible.
The convenience of real-time credit card payments is obviously an important part of this. We will also accept payments by cheque or bank transfer, but must remind customers that we cannot transfer quota or provide a Provisional Record of Quota Lease until those payments are received and funds have cleared.
We make every effort to ensure that the transaction details you provide are correct.