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New England Council takes on sticky issue of at-sea monitoring costs

MYSTIC, CT – At the end of the New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) April meeting, the council requested that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) prepare an estimate of the cost-revenue ratio for at-sea monitoring of Northeast Multispecies sectors that would take into account rapidly declining annual catch limits (ACLs) and coverage methodology.

The council also initiated a framework to address at-sea monitoring costs for sectors in the groundfish fishery.

The council took both actions concurrently given the likelihood that NMFS will run out of funding for at-sea monitors (ASM) by late August, thereby shifting the cost to the fishing industry.

Amendment 16 called for industry funding for ASM, however NMFS has covered the industry portion of the cost since 2010 when AMD 16 was implemented.

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