Draft 2014 Annual Deployment Plan for Observers in the Groundfish and Halibut Fisheries off Alaska
This 2014 Annual Deployment Plan documents the plans of NOAA Fisheries to assign observers to collect independent information from fishing operations conducted in the North Pacific under the authority of the Fishery Management Plans for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska, and the North Pacific Halibut Act of 1982.
Data collection by at-sea observers is currently the only reliable and verifiable method available for NOAA Fisheries to gain fishery discard information and data concerning seabird and marine mammal interactions with fisheries. Onboard observers also collect biological data such as species composition, weights, and tissue samples that are important for stock assessment scientists and researchers. Much of this information is available in near real-time to ensure effective management.