May 28, 2020
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NOAA to test electronic monitoring in herring fishery

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
In this July 8, 2015, file photo, herring are unloaded from a fishing boat in Rockland.

Federal fishing regulators are evaluating how to use electronic monitoring to help manage one of the largest fisheries on the East Coast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking to administer electronic monitoring in the Atlantic herring fishery. The fishery is based in New England and is an important source of bait fish, as well food for human consumption.

NOAA is looking for herring fishing boats to operate electronic monitoring systems instead of using at-sea monitors, which are human workers. The data collected by monitors are important to the management of herring, which have suffered from declining population off the East Coast in recent years.

NOAA said it’s looking for herring trawlers to get in touch about participating in the program this month.


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