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, email@example.com
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.
Draft Amendment - Public Comments, February 2015
NEFMC Observer Policy Committee, December 17, 2014
FMAT/PDT Meeting Summary, October 28, 2014
New England Observer Committee Materials and Summary, August 19, 2014
FMAT/PDT Meeting Summary, August 5, 2014
FMAT/PDT Conference Call Recording, March 7, 2014
FMAT/PDT Conference Call Summary, January 2, 2014
Comments/Recommendations from AIS (observer provider), December 27, 2013
FMAT/PDT Conference Call Summary, December 5, 2013
Sept 2013 letter from NMFS to Councils on observer funding, September 20, 2013