Sen. Shaheen helps get $3 million for at-sea monitoring technology for NH fishermen
WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and the Senate Appropriations Committee have helped secure funding to help New England fisherman with new federal at-sea monitoring fees.
Shaheen, D-N.H., said she's been a strong opponent of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s decision to force fisherman in New England to start paying an at-sea observer to monitor catch sizes.
The program was paid for by NOAA and now costs fishermen about $700 per day on fishing trips. Shaheen helped to secure $3 million in funding for electronic monitoring technology to serve as an alternative to the at-sea observers.
"Before this costly fee went into effect, Granite State fishermen could barely balance the books,” said Shaheen. “NOAA’s decision to burden fishermen with this fee is a crippling blow to a community that is already fighting for survival. This new status-quo is completely unacceptable and we need to be looking at other ways to monitor catch limits that don’t overly burden our fishermen. Electronic monitoring has the potential to provide a less-costly way forward for many of our fishermen, and I’m very pleased funding will be available for implementing these new systems."