Coronavirus: NOAA Fisheries is temporarily waiving requirement for vessels to carry a fishery observer or at-sea monitor.

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NOAA Fisheries is temporarily waiving the requirement for vessels with Northeast fishing permits to carry a fishery observer or at-sea monitor. The waiver will be in effect through April 4, and future extensions of this waiver will be evaluated weekly.
For details, please read the letter from the Regional Administrator Dear Partners and Stakeholders: As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NOAA Fisheries is temporarily waiving the requirement for vessels with Northeast fishing permits to carry a fishery observer or at-sea monitor. The waiver will be in effect through April 4, and future extensions of this waiver will be evaluated weekly. >click to read the rest< 15:56

2 Responses to Coronavirus: NOAA Fisheries is temporarily waiving requirement for vessels to carry a fishery observer or at-sea monitor.

  1. Dennis Douglas says:

    The fisheries need these monitors and the virus is not a good excuse to have NOAA put on blinders to ignore by catch waste! Do your jobs and protect the fisheries in a manageable way.

  2. Shawn Pacquette says:

    Dennis Douglas the by catch is not wasted. I am a fish buyer and I buy off boats with Noaa monitors and boats without monitors. As a buyer we buy all there catch and report it within 24 hours. It’s a waste of money to put observers on the boats. What is it you see that the rest of the fishing world does not?

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