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Court Requests Changes to the North Pacific Fisheries Observer Program be Reconsidered

NMFS must reconsider changes to the North Pacific observer program

A National Marine Fisheries Service observer checks the dimensions of a net and its catch. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Marine Observer Program)

Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the District of Alaska ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) must reconsider recent changes to the North Pacific observer program. NMFS restructured the observer program in 2013 to increase observers on small hook-and-line halibut boats in the Gulf of Alaska fleet and randomize the deployment of observers on vessels, but the agency significantly underestimated the cost of these changes.

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