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National Observer Program Annual Report-2008
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    In FY 2008, NMFS observer programs continued to provide high quality biological information on the nation’s fisheries. These data are utilized by NMFS scientists and fisheries managers carrying out conservation and management activities such as stock assessments, quota monitoring, and development of bycatch reduction measures. In 2008, 117 fish stock assessments were conducted by NMFS; observer data, such as the frequency and length of discarded species, are an important component of the assessment process. Observer data are also one of the primary sources of data used in protected species stock assessments. In 2008, updated stock assessment reports were published for 27 Pacific, 42 Atlantic, and 16 Alaskan marine mammal stocks. The results of each assessment are used to set management and conservation goals.

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