Trawl Catch Share Observer Program

The trawl catch share program requires that vessels participating in the shorebased Individual Fishing Quota program have observer coverage at all times the vessel is at sea. Observers participating in this program are employed by private third-party companies. Please contact the observer program for a list of current providers. The Northwest Fisheries Science Center oversees the observer program and trains, certifies, and equips catch share observers; ensures data quality; and stores, maintains, and analyzes data collected by observers.

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Observer and Catch Monitor Program changes, beginning May 21, 2015

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center oversees the observer program. For additional information please visit the observer program website or contact the observer program office at 206.302.1777.