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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