Observer and Catch Monitor Program Changes

This rulemaking explores changes to regulations that pertain to certified catch monitors and observers required in the Shorebased IFQ Program, the MS Coop Program, the C/P Coop Program and for processing vessels in the fixed gear or open access fisheries.

Chronology of Publications for the Rulemaking Revising Observer and Catch Monitor Program Requirements
04/21/2015 Compliance Guide for Observer and Catch Monitor Provider Permitting Process in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, April 2015
04/21/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-11: Quick reference guide to materials for Observer and Catch Monitor Program changes, effective May 21, 2015
04/21/2015 Observer Safety - Compliance Guide for Observer Providers and Vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, April 2015
04/21/2015 Observer/Catch Monitor Provider Permit Application Form and Instructions
04/21/2015 80FR22270: Final rule establishing changes to the observer and catch monitor programs, effective May 21, 2015
02/19/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-06: Proposed Rule to Modify Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Regulations Pertaining to Certified Observers and Catch Monitors; Public Comment Period Ends March 21, 2014
02/19/2014 79FR9592: Proposed rule to revise Pacific coast groundfish regulations pertaining to certified catch monitors and certified observers required for vessels in various sectors of commercial groundfish fisheries; public comment period closes March 21, 2014