National Marine Fisheries Service Announces Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment Public Hearings and Comment Period

NMFSThe Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils have been working on an omnibus amendment to allow for industry-funded monitoring over the past several years. The amendment being developed includes alternatives that would modify all the fishery management plans managed by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils to allow for future industry-funded monitoring programs. Through the notice published today in the Federal Register, we are announcing public hearings and the opportunity to comment on the various amendment alternatives for future industry-funded monitoring programs, including cost responsibilities, processes, administrative requirements, priorities, and set-aside programs. If this is an issue you are interested in, this is an important opportunity to provide your input. Read the notice here 18:01