Cost-Sharing Mechanism for At-Sea Monitoring
by Laurie Schreiber
HYANNIS, Mass. – The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) in September was considering options for splitting the cost of at-sea observer coverage between fishermen and the federal government.
The discussion came after the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) disapproval, earlier in the year, of a provision in Amendment 5 to the NEFMC’s herring management plan. While NMFS approved the overall amendment, that particular provision would require 100 percent observer coverage on Category A and B vessels, coupled with a target maximum industry contribution of $325 per day.
In a letter to NEFMC dated July 19, NMFS chief John Bullard said at-sea costs associated with an observer in the herring fishery are higher than $325 per day. Bullard wrote, “…there is no current