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Update: Federal funding for at-sea monitoring ends December 31, 2015

Based on the data we have on actual fishing effort, we have determined that federal funds in the major at-sea monitoring contracts for northeast groundfish sectors will be expended by December 31, 2015.

Transition of monitor sea-day costs to industry will therefore be effective January 1, 2016. 

NOAA Fisheries will continue to pay for shoreside costs of the program. We continue to work with the New England Fishery Management Council to evaluate and improve the at-sea monitoring, and hope to reduce its costs.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, 978-281-9175 or