Omnibus Industry Funded Monitoring Amendment


The Council previously considered an amendment that would implement industry-funded monitoring (IFM) coverage in some fishery management plans (FMPs) above levels required by the Standard Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) in order to assess the amount and type of catch, monitor annual catch limits, and/or provide other information for management. At the October 2018 Council Meeting the Council decided not to move forward with further development of this action.


Jason Didden, Fishery Management Specialist  - (302) 526-5254,

Amendment Status

At the October 2018 Council Meeting NMFS presented the results of an electronic monitoring project and potential options for next steps related to industry funded monitoring (IFM). The Council had originally considered IFM due to observer coverage concerns in the mackerel fishery, but most mackerel catches will be subject to additional monitoring through a recent New-England Council IFM action for the Atlantic herring fishery. The Council thus decided to monitor observer coverage of the mackerel fishery and may re-initiate an action to consider additional IFM observer coverage in the mackerel fishery at a later date.