Industry-Funded Monitoring in the Northeast
The New England Fishery Management Council can design fishery-specific industry-funded monitoring.
Atlantic Herring Industry-Funded Monitoring Program Suspended Beginning in April 2023
•Beginning on April 1, 2023, Atlantic herring trips will not be eligible for industry-funded monitoring (IFM) coverage.
•Herring IFM coverage will remain suspended until federal funding becomes available to cover NOAA Fisheries’ cost responsibilities.
•Herring vessels must comply with the pre-trip notification system (PTNS) requirement for the fishery and carry a Northeast Fishery Observer Program (NEFOP) observer when selected for Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) coverage
Atlantic Herring Industry-Funded Monitoring
The New England Fishery Management Council established a 50 percent monitoring coverage target. This applies to at-sea monitoring aboard vessels with Category A or B herring permits using midwater trawl, bottom trawl, or purse seine gear on declared herring trips. Coverage target is achieved using a combination of data from existing monitoring programs and monitoring coverage.
Overall, industry-funded monitoring is intended to provide increased accuracy in catch estimates. Specific goals include:
- Accurate estimates of catch (retained and discarded)
- Accurate catch estimates for incidental species with catch caps (haddock and river herring/shad)
- Affordable monitoring for the herring fishery
Additional information about the program:
- Summary of requirements
- Infographic: Industry Funded Monitoring the Atlantic Herring fishery
- About the new Pre-Trip Notification System (PTNS)
- PTNS Portal
- Atlantic Herring, information about the species management and industry-funded monitoring.
- Haddock, information about the species management.
Providers for Industry-Funded Monitors
If you want to become a monitor, contact one of our approved providers.