NOAA says cod fishermen may be reimbursed for monitor cost

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Federal fishery regulators say they are working on a program that will help pay for the cost of at-sea fishing monitors for New England cod fishermen.

At-sea monitors are workers who collect data that help inform fishing regulations. The government shifted the cost of paying for monitors from itself to fishermen earlier this year in a decision that was very unpopular with industry.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that fishing trips on or after July 1 may be eligible for reimbursement of monitoring costs. The reimbursement will be available to fishermen who seek groundfish such as cod, haddock and flounder.

The government in April said it is scaling back monitor coverage from 24 percent of trips to 14 percent this year. Monitors can cost $700 per day.

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