Use of Flow Scales and Access to Observer Sampling Stations in Non-CDQ Fisheries

April 22, 1999 - 4:00 p.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

Some catcher/processors and motherships participating in Community Development Quota (CDQ) and American Fisheries Act (AFA) fisheries must provide scales to weigh unsorted catch and observer sampling stations which enable improved sampling by observers, according to Steven Pennoyer, Administrator, Alaska Region, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The accuracy of data collected by observers is greatly enhanced in AFA and CDQ fisheries when the scales are operational and the sampling stations are available to the observer. In some cases, operators of vessels that have scales and observer sampling stations installed choose not to utilize them in non-AFA or non-CDQ fisheries. While permitted, this practice does not utilize equipment available on the vessel that would improve data quality and decrease the observer's workload.

In the interest of providing the best possible data on catch quantity and composition for stock assessment and quota management, NMFS asks that operators of vessels equipped with NMFS-approved scales perform daily tests of those scales using the procedures required for the CDQ fisheries and use the scales to weigh unsorted catch during all fishing operations. In addition, operators of vessels equipped with certified observer sampling stations are requested to ensure that those sampling stations are accessible and available for use by observers during all fishing operations.

To obtain additional information contact the Sustainable Fisheries Division, NMFS, 907-586-7228.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019