fishing monitors

CONCORD, N.H. - Funding is now available to reimburse New England fishermen for the cost of at-sea monitors that gather data to help inform fishing regulations.

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal fishery regulators say they will be able to offset some, but not all, of the costs of at sea-monitors for New England ground fishermen this year.
At-sea monitors are workers who collect data that help guide fishing regulations. The government shifted the cost of paying for monitors from itself to fishermen earlier this year in a decision that was very unpopular with the industry.

HAMPTON, New Hampshire - New England fishermen of food fish like cod and haddock say they fear they will have to start paying the cost of at-sea monitors before the issue goes to trial.

Fishermen will have to start paying the cost of the monitors around March 1 under new rules. Monitors collect data to help determine future fishing quotas and can cost about $800 per day.

PORTLAND, Maine - A number of Northeastern fishermen are suing the federal government over a shift in the cost of at-sea fishing monitors.
Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say money for monitors in New England fisheries such as cod and haddock will be gone by early 2016. The monitors are trained workers who collect data to help determine future quotas on certain species of commercial fish.

A fishing oversight committee is calling for federal regulators to suspend a program to introduce at-sea monitors aboard New England groundfishing vessels, which target important species like cod and haddock.

The observers are expected to start work later this summer, when they'll collect data about discarded fish.
Harpswell-based fisherman Terry Alexander says that, due to a lack of federal funds, the fishermen will be required to meet the costs of the at-sea monitoring program themselves - something they cannot afford to do.