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Fishery Observer Coverage

Increased Fishery Observer Coverage Has Ended

Increased fishery observer coverage for New York through NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP) (link leaves DEC website) ended as of March 31, 2019.

This coverage was for commercial fishing vessels landing catch in New York and fishing using trawls, gillnets or pot/traps. The increased coverage began in December of 2015. NOAA will continue to provide observers for federal trips as usual, but there will be no more coverage of state only permit holders at this time.

The goal of fishery observer trips was to collect information on protected species including marine mammals, sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon. The data will be used to improve bycatch estimates for these species. It will also be utilized to improve management of other special interest, non-target fish species which have low or unknown stock status.

Data is currently being processed and results will be available at a later time.

For more information, contact DEC Marine Protected Resources Unit at (631) 444-0462.

Fishery observer measuring a striped bass
Fishery Observer measuring a striped bass