The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reminds vessel owners and operators of responsibilities when an observer is on board your vessel. When you have an observer on board your boat, you and your crew are responsible for sharing data with the observer if they ask for it, including the vessel location and your logbook of fishing effort according to James W. Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
When observers first board a vessel, they work with the vessel personnel to explain their needs, assess the fishing operations, and decide where they can best do their work in a safe manner with minimal interference to the vessel's operations. Observers will require periodic access to the fishing logbooks and GPS locations as required by regulations for access at 50 CFR 679.51(e)(1)(iv), (v), and (vii). If your vessel is exempt from logbook requirements you must provide the data requested by the observer as required by the regulations for reasonable assistance at 50 CFR 679.51(e)(1)(viii).
This information bulletin only provides a reminder of an existing regulatory provision. For the purposes of complying with federal regulations, you are advised to see the actual text in the Code of Federal Regulations.