The Cost of Counting Herring Fishery Bycatch
by Laurie Schreiber
PLYMOUTH, Mass.—Development of the draft Omnibus Industry-Funded Monitoring Amendment has been delayed, after issues were hashed out by the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) at their Sept. 29–Oct. 1 meeting.
Initially, NEFMC was scheduled to identify its preferred alternatives and move the draft to public hearings. Instead, NEFMC agreed to rethink the amendment’s direction.
The amendment is envisioned as a vehicle to implement industry-funded monitoring programs, with cost-sharing from the federal government when it has funds available. The amendment would also allow NEFMC and the Mid-Atlantic council to prioritize available federal funding among fishery management plans; and establish monitoring coverage targets for the Atlantic herring and Atlantic mackerel fisheries.