NMFS Doubles Down on Observers; Rep. Huffman Takes Aim at NMFS on COVID-19 Impacts
A California Congressman and National Marine Fisheries Service leaders released statements about pandemic-related issues and COVID-19's effects on fisheries Thursday, but from opposite perspectives.
Following industry criticism about maintaining at-sea observers and shoreside catch monitors during a pandemic, the agency has allowed observer waivers in some areas but remained steadfast in keeping observer coverage in others. The risk of contagion is too great, fishermen and processors say, but NMFS has disagreed -- at least, in some areas...
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