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Title: Hawaii Bottomfish Observer Program
Short Name: HIBOP
Status: In Work

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) Bottomfish fishery targets deepwater snappers, groupers and jacks. This fishery is managed through a Fishery Management Plan (FMP) established by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council from authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Because of the uncertainties of the levels of Hawaiian monk seal interaction, holders of NWHI Bottomfish permits in this are required to carry observers when directed to do so by the PIR Regional Administrator. The goal of the PIRO Bottomfish Observer Program is to document any incidental takes of protected species and the rate of protected species interactions with bottomfishing operations and gear.


Deploys fishery observers on Hawaii bottomfish fishing vessels targeting bottomfish to record information on gear, catch information, morphometrics, specimen collection, environmental data and interactions with protective species such as sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds.


The last observed bottomfish trip occurred in March/April 2006 and the bottomfishing ended in the NWHI in January 2010.

Physical Location

Organization: Pacific Islands Regional Office
City: Honolulu
State/Province: HI
Country: USA

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 172558
Date Effective From: 2003-10
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Busscher, Kevin
Address: 1845 Wasp Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: 808-725-5102
Fax: 808-725-5217
Contact Instructions:

Phone or email

Point of Contact

CC ID: 172557
Date Effective From: 2003-10
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Kelly, John D
Address: 1845 Wasp Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: 808-725-5100
Fax: 808-725-5217
Contact Instructions:

Phone or email


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 172555
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2003-10
End: 2006-04

Access Information

Security Class: Confidential

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Data Set Bottomfish Observer Database - Legacy
Data Set Observer Manual and Collection Forms - Legacy

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 16867
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:16867
Metadata Record Created By: Eric Forney
Metadata Record Created: 2012-10-24 16:44+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2015-12-03
Owner Org: PIRO
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2015-12-03
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2016-12-03