Tag Archives: North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer program

Multiple investigations of incidents ongoing – NOAA Report Claims Harassment, Intimidation of Observers

The 2014 annual report on the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program notes that observers reported a number of incidents of harassment, intimidation, hostile work environment, or attempted sample bias related to the collection of prohibited species catch data. The report said these investigations include allegations of physical sample bias including removing halibut from observer samples, or physically preventing a halibut from entering an observers sample during collection. Read the rest here 17:36

North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program Sees Changes in 2015

Fishermen and NMFS representatives discussed the . The overall feeling at the meeting seemed to be discontent with a grain of salt. Many fishermen who attended voiced their frustration with the observer program in general. But, many also said that they understand what its purpose is. That sentiment is nothing new to Martin Lefled. Read the rest here 07:45