On August 28, 2020 NMFS published a proposed rule that would revise regulations to delay implementation of the Electronic Monitoring (EM) Program for the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program. This action would delay implementation of the EM Program to January 1, 2022. NMFS is proposing this change to provide additional time for industry and prospective service providers to prepare for implementation, as it is expected to strengthen Council and industry support for the EM program and may increase participation when it is implemented in 2022.
Comments on this proposed rule must be received no later than September 28, 2020. Please see the Federal Register notice dated August 28, 2020 to read the proposed rule and instructions on how to comment.