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NOAA Fisheries Announces Final 2023 At-Sea Monitoring Coverage Target for Northeast Groundfish Sector Fishery

September 26, 2023

NOAA Fisheries confirms 90 percent at-sea monitoring coverage target for groundfish sectors in fishing year 2023.

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.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on September 26, 2023