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How is Observer Data Used in Fisheries Management?

Scientific data are the foundation of fisheries management. To manage fisheries, data are needed not only for species targeted by a fishery, but for all species making up the impacted ecosystem. Observers are the only independent data collection source for some types of at-sea information, such as bycatch, catch composition, and gear configuration. These biological and operational data collected by fisheries observers are used to support National Marine Fisheries Service conservation and management activities, including the following:

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