Fishermen, Environmentalists: Fight Over Monitors Not Over

Apr 6, 2018

Commercial fishermen and environmental groups agree a longstanding dispute over the future of at-sea monitoring is far from over, despite recent funding help from Congress.

Monitors are on-board workers who collect data to help inform fishing regulations. The federal government moved the cost of paying for them to fishermen in some Northeast fisheries in 2016.

Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said last month a budget bill finalized by Congressional leaders includes $10 million to pay for the monitors. That means fishermen of valuable New England species such as cod, haddock and sole won't have to pay for monitors this year.

But fishing groups, and the environmentalists who watch them, both say the government needs a long-term solution to make paying for monitoring sustainable. Fishermen say they can't afford it.