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At-Sea Monitoring in the Northeast

The New England Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries manage the Northeast Multispecies Management Plan. The Fisheries Monitoring Operations Branch manages the At-Sea Monitoring Program and oversees the at-sea monitoring service provider companies

Stern view of  fishing vessells with their trawl nets.

Our at-sea monitors collect scientific, management, regulatory compliance, and economic data. They collect these data onboard commercial fishing vessels with a focus on discarded catch. These data are needed for the management and monitoring of the annual catch limits and groundfish sectors.

Fishermen’s Information

  • Fishermen operating with multispecies A days at sea (A-DAS) (including monkfish trips) should notify via the Pre-trip Notification System 48 hours prior to the planned sail date.
  • View your observer data electronically (for groundfish trips). Please have your login information available, as well as the pre-trip notification information.

Monitoring Service Providers

Regulations and Requirements

Sector Management

Last updated by Northeast Fisheries Science Center on January 26, 2023