Today, NOAA Fisheries confirms that groundfish vessels in the Northeast will be required to have human at-sea monitors on 90 percent of all vessel trips subject to the groundfish sector monitoring program in fishing year 2023 (May 1, 2023, through April 30, 2024). We preliminarily announced this increase in coverage in March. This does not apply to vessels that are using electronic monitoring to satisfy the monitoring requirements of their sector.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will continue to reimburse 100 percent of sector at-sea monitoring costs, including electronic monitoring. The ASMFC will continue to administer the reimbursement program for fishing year 2023.