North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Fisheries Observer Program

In 2013, NMFS made important changes to the North Pacific Observer Program (Observer Program). We changed how observers are deployed, how observer coverage is funded, and the vessels and processors that must have some or all of their operations observed. These changes increase the statistical reliability of data collected by the program, address cost inequality among fishery participants, and expand observer coverage to previously unobserved fisheries. These changes are necessary to successfully manage our Alaskan fishery resources.

Overview


* This program information constitutes the Small Entity Compliance Guide required under section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

Observer Fees

Observer Program Reports and Rule Making


Annual Deployment Plans and Reports

YEARANNUAL DEPLOYMENT PLANS (ADP)ANNUAL REPORTSOTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
2019 
    2018 
    2017
    2016 
    2015
    2014
    2013

    Observer Deploy and Declare System (ODDS)

    Litigation

    Observer Provider Contract

    Contact Information

    • General Questions:
      NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Regional Office: 
      Sustainable Fisheries Division: (907) 586-7228
    • Fee Payment Questions:
      Alaska Region Fee Coordinator,
      Office of Management and Budget: (800) 304-4846 (#5) or (907) 586-7202 (#5)
    • Observer Program Questions:
      NOAA Fisheries FMA Division - Seattle, 
      Email: Odds.help@noaa.gov and Website: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/FMA/
    • To log trips over the phone
      Contact Observer Provider (AIS): 1-855-747-6377, email: NPGOP@aisobservers.com and website: http://aisobservers.com/