NOAA: No funds for fishing monitors after Dec. 31

Federal officials say money for some at-sea fishing monitors will run out by Dec. 31 and the cost will then transition to industry.

The monitors are trained workers who collect data to help determine future quotas on certain fish. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the money for monitors in New England fisheries, such as cod and haddock, is going to be gone by the end of the year.

NOAA officials initially said the money would run out Aug. 31. This is the third time it has extended the deadline, mainly because fishermen, hamstrung by slashed quotas and closed fishing areas, have made fewer fishing trips where monitors were needed.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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