This action proposes adjustments to the current groundfish monitoring program to improve the reliability and accountability of catch reporting in the commercial groundfish fishery to ensure there is precise and accurate representation of catch (landings and discards).

Amendment 23 Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) – Preliminary Submission - February 21, 2020
This draft document is the preliminary submission sent from the Council to GARFO on Feb. 21, 2020. GARFO is reviewing the document. We will make changes to this version.


Appendix I - Summary of Public Scoping Comments
Appendix II – Fishery Data for Stock Assessment Working Group Report and SSC Sub-Panel Peer Review Report
Appendix III – Groundfish Plan Development Team Dockside Monitoring Discussion Paper
Appendix IV – Electronic Monitoring Programs in the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery
Appendix V – Groundfish Plan Development Team Groundfish Monitoring Analyses and SSC Sub-Panel Peer Review Report
Appendix VI – Cost Efficiency Analysis of Fisheries Monitoring for Catch Accounting in the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery
Appendix VII – At-Sea Monitoring Costs under Government Subsidies and Private Contracts in the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery

Additional Analyses and Relevant Background Materials

Letter from GARFO to NEFMC – approval of audit model EM and video review rates – November 26, 2019

Letter from NEFSC to NEFMC - vessel observer coverage levels – November 22, 2019

PDT memo - Vessel specific coverage levels – November 19, 2019

PDT Memo - Uncertainties in current groundfish monitoring program; review of international monitoring programs; OLE discussion on Dockside Monitoring – May 3, 2018

PDT Memo - Summary of completed and planned analyses – April 6, 2018


1. Scoping Meeting Notice
2. Scoping Document
3. Staff Presentation