SEFSC pelagic observer program data summary for 1992-1996
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SEFSC pelagic observer program data summary for 1992-1996
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    "In 1992, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) initiated scientific sampling of the U. S. large pelagic fisheries longline fleet, as mandated by the U. S. Swordfish Fisheries Management Plan. Scientific observers were placed aboard vessels participating in the Atlantic large pelagic fishery by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). The SEFSC coverage occurs on, but is not limited to, vessels fishing for large pelagic species in the northwest Atlantic south ofVrrginia. The scientific observer program contracted and monitored by the NEFSC provides coverage of the large pelagic fleet fishing the offshore waters from Virginia north to the Grand Banks. Although both regional programs sample the pelagic longline fishery, the NEFSC data were not available for a thorough analysis through 1996. Only the numbers oflongline vessels covered and sets observed were summarized for this report"--Introduction, paragraph 1.
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