Catch Weighing and Monitoring in Alaska

As fishery management programs have been developed in Alaska, NOAA Fisheries has established several fishery-specific monitoring programs. When deciding which monitoring tools are appropriate, NOAA fisheries must balance considerations of cost, enforceability, timeliness of data available for management, and other agency resources required. Catch share programs that implement allocations of exclusive harvest privilege and create transferable bycatch limits present particular challenges for accurate accounting. These programs require a more intensive suite of monitoring tools for management and include at-sea scales to weigh catch and catch monitoring plans developed by processors to describe how fish will be sort and weighed.