2015 Annual Deployment Plan for Observers in the Groundfish and Halibut Fisheries Off Alaska
The 2015 Annual Deployment Plan (ADP) documents how NOAA Fisheries intends to assign fishery observers to vessels fishing in the North Pacific during the calendar year 2015. This ADP only applies to vessels that qualify for partial observer coverage. Vessels that qualify for full observer coverage are not included in the ADP.
The 2015 Annual Deployment Plan (ADP) documents how the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS or Agency) intends to assign at-sea and shoreside observers to vessels and processing plants engaged in fishing operations in the North Pacific under the authority of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP), the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP), and the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982. Data collection by observers is currently the only reliable and verifiable method available for NMFS to gain fishery discard and biological information on fish, and data concerning seabird and marine mammal interactions with fisheries. Onboard observers also perform the critically important task of collecting biological data such as species composition, weights, and tissue samples that are important for stock assessment scientists and researchers. Much of this information is expeditiously available (e.g., daily or at the end of a trip, depending on the type of vessel) to ensure effective management