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Northeast Fishery Observer Sea-Day Schedule Posted, Short-Term Reimbursement for Groundfish At-Sea Monitoring Available July 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 23, 2016

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

This year we are able to fully fund our SBRM monitoring program and will use remaining funds to offset some of industry's costs of the groundfish at-sea monitoring program. 

Any sector trip beginning on or after July 1 may be eligible for reimbursement of at-sea monitoring costs though a program we are developing with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. 

Because this support is not likely to last for the entire year, this method preserves the contract relationships sectors already have in place with at-sea monitor providers. 

Listen to the June 23, 2016 media call with Samuel D. Rauch, NOAA Fisheries Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs and Kelly Denit, NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

Questions? Contact Teri Frady at 508-495-2239 or Teri.Frady@noaa.gov.