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The New England Fishery Management Council developed Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan to revise the groundfish sector monitoring program.  The Council's selected measures include a requirement for 100 percent of sector groundfish trips to be monitored if the agency can reimburse industry's costs.

To meet the monitoring requirement, sectors would be able to use:

  • Human at-sea monitors;
  • Either of two electronic monitoring options; or
  • A combination of those options.

While NOAA Fisheries reviews Amendment 23, the agency simultaneously is determining how to implement the measures if they are approved.

The Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) is hosting an informational webinar and virtual workshops this fall to assist industry in preparing for the implementation of Amendment 23, if approved.  

The informational webinar will focus on presenting information about the new Maximized Retention Electronic Monitoring model, implementation decisions made to date, a timeline for additional implementation decisions, and GARFO’s outreach plan to engage constituents in collaboratively planning implementation details. 

Informational Webinar – October 12, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

1.  Join by computer or mobile device at:

  • Enter event number: 2761 228 1129
  • Enter event password: Meeting123

2.  Join By Phone:

  • Dial In: +1 (866) 647-1746
  • Enter Participant Code: 6042534

Virtual Workshops – October 27, November 3, and November 9, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Information about the virtual workshops is posted on GARFO’s Amendment 23 outreach events page.

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