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Celebrating 30 Years of Observations on the Water

In 30 years and nearly 40,000 days at sea, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center’s Pelagic Observer Program has worked with crews on 275 fishing vessels to better manage fisheries in the Northwestern Atlantic.
June 30, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Ken Keene and Jimmy Rollo celebrating Rollo’s 100th trip as an observer. Ken Keene and Jimmy Rollo celebrating Rollo’s 100th trip as an observer. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Observing for the Long Haul

Pacific Islands fisheries observer Mario Esera builds a career in conservation on the seas.
May 18, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Esera examines some bigeye tuna Esera examines some bigeye tuna

A Day in the Life of a Northeast Fisheries Observer

The observer program provides a “dream job” for Beth Nelson.
April 07, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Beth Nelson holds a pufferfish while at sea Beth Nelson holds a pufferfish while at sea

NOAA to Increase Enforcement Actions to Ensure Safety of Federal Fishery Observers, Monitors

Interference with fishery observers is illegal. Stepped-up enforcement in the Northeast will target vessel owners, captains, and crew who violate the law.
Observer in orange jacket using grid system to electronically measure a crab.

New How-To Guide for Observer Trip Selection in Alaska

The new manual describes the web-based system where fishermen, managers, and observer providers interact to determine fisheries monitoring coverage.
November 22, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Fisheries observer taking fish measurements on the deck of a vessel A fisheries observer collects data aboard a partial-coverage fishing vessel in Alaska. Credit:NOAA Fisheries

Developing a Strategy For Monitoring Alaska Fisheries in 2022 and Beyond

NOAA Fisheries collaborates with industry partners to plan cost-effective collection of data essential for sustainable fisheries management.
October 14, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Photo of observer fish sampling station on a fishing vessel deck Observer sampling area on a pot-fishing vessel. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

On the Water: A Look at Life as an Observer

Fisheries observers play a vital role in gathering the data needed to ensure the sustainability of our marine resources.
October 13, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Boats in a harbor at sunrise Harbor at sunrise. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Lee Benaka

NOAA Fisheries Updates Policy on Issuance of Waivers Under Emergency Rule

A vessel will not be eligible for release from observer or monitor coverage if a fully vaccinated observer or a quarantined/shelter in place observer is available.
June 17, 2021 - Leadership Message ,
Observer in foul weather gear measuring fish on deck. Observers. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Emergency Action to Continue to Waive Observer Coverage

NOAA Fisheries has issued an interim final rule to continue to provide the authority to waive observer coverage, some training, and other program requirements, on a case-by-case basis.
March 25, 2021 - Feature Story ,

Major Refresh Orients Northeast Fishery Monitoring and Research Division Toward the Future

Integration, modernization will improve operations and interactions with the fishing industry.
January 27, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Observer wearing blue insulated work gloves lays a flounder flat on a wooden surface for sampling aboard a commercial fishing vessel.