NOAA to Fund Northeast Fishery Observer Costs

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NOAA Fisheries recently published the 2016 Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Annual Discard Report with Observer Sea Day Allocation and the resulting final 2016 sea-day schedule for the Northeast Fishery Observer Program.

NOAA will use remaining funds to offset some of industry’s costs of the groundfish at-sea monitoring program. According to NOAA Fisheries, any sector trip beginning on or after July 1 may be eligible for reimbursement of at-sea monitoring costs though a program the agency is developing with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

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source: NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region