The North Pacific Fishery Management Council creates electronic monitoring working group, takes final action on flatfish flexibility, AFA vessel replacement

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council created a taskforce to discuss  electronic monitoring as an option for marine observation today after  significant public testimony and deliberations. continued

The council agreed to provide Amendment 80 cooperatives and Community  Development Quota entities with some flexibility in its flatfish harvest each  year. In another action, the council decided that American Fisheries Act, or  AFA, vessel owners can rebuild or replace their vessels and still utilize Gulf  of Alaska sideboards, subject to certain restrictions. In both cases, the motions for action passed unanimously. continued