PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has pushed back its plan to resume at-sea monitoring in Northeast fisheries by a month.
The monitors are workers who gather important data on fishing boats to help manage fisheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had announced plans to resume monitoring on July 1. Monitoring had been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
NOAA said Tuesday it has reevaluated and is extending a waiver on monitoring through July 31.
NOAA said in a statement that “this public health crisis continues to evolve and changing conditions may warrant re-evaluating these plans.” The agency said it will spend July taking steps such as working with monitoring service providers to finalize redeployment plans.