WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Friday that it will fund an estimated 85 percent of the sea days needed for the At-Sea Monitoring (ASM) Program for the current fishing year.
Beginning July 1, groundfish fishermen covered by the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan will be reimbursed for their at-sea monitoring costs through an arrangement with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
“The At-Sea Monitoring Program is an important tool that helps us to responsibly manage Maine’s critical ocean resources,” Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said in a joint statement. “Maine’s hardworking fishermen shouldn’t bear an unfair financial burden in supporting the ASM program.”
The monitoring program analyzes the fishing area, as well as the catch and gear type, in order to monitor sector quotas.