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NOAA Fisheries Service getting ready to update safety guidelines

Posted: Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Public input sought for improving safety of fishermen at sea

Public input is needed as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Fisheries Service begins a process to update the national guidelines focused on the safety of commercial fishermen in federal waters. Federal fisheries managers use those guidelines when they draft fishing rules and regulations.

The current safety standard guidelines under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act were drafted in 1998, and NOAA officials say fishery management and analytical methods to evaluate safety have changed and significantly improved since then.

“The safety of fishermen is a top priority for NOAA,” said Eric Schwaab, assistant administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service. “The current standards need updating, and our goal is to get as much information as we can about how to make them work.”

For the complete article see the 05-11-2011 issue.

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