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Emergency Action to Continue to Waive Observer Coverage

March 25, 2021

NOAA Fisheries has issued an interim final rule to continue to provide the authority to waive observer coverage, some training, and other program requirements, on a case-by-case basis.

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Today, NOAA Fisheries issued an interim final rule to continue to provide the authority to waive observer coverage, some training, and other program requirements, on a case-by-case basis. The rule is a continuation of NOAA Fisheries’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The authority to waive coverage has resulted in a successful balance between public health and the safety of fishermen, observers, and others, while maintaining fishery operations and the monitoring necessary for sustainable management.

Learn more about the emergency action to continue to waive observer coverage

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on March 25, 2021

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