Observer/catch monitoring rule

Action status

  • Implemented
  • Undergoing NMFS Review
  • Approved by Council
  • Under development by the Council

In April 2012, the following NMFS-proposed trailing actions were approved for implementation:

  • Implementation of certification and decertification requirements for observer providers,
  • Numerous revisions to details of the observer program provisions, and
  • Revision to briefing periods in catch monitor certification requirements.

The proposed rule was published on February 19, 2014 and the public comment deadline was March 21, 2014. The NEPA analysis for the observer/catch monitoring rule was covered by the Amendment 20 EIS.  The final rule was published on April 21, 2015, with an effective date of May 21, 2015.