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NEFMC Pelagics Committee votes unanimously in favor of USAP observer motion

May 03, 2007

Just wanted to pass along the great results of today’s meeting: After a good
discussion between the committee and several comments from the audience, Dave Goethel of NH made a motion to urge the full Council and NMFS to find a way to get observer coverage on USAP vessels in the most efficient way possible.

After more discussion and a few more comments in favor of the motion, the
Committee voted unanimously to pass the motion and send it forward to the full
Council to be addressed at the next Council meeting in June.

The committee made clear that this is an issue they consider important and the
unanimous vote spoke to this fact.

The meeting at the end of June (in Portland) will be an important one, so stay
tuned for updates on what needs to be done between now and then.

Thanks again for all those who commented on this issue, it was a big help!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as more help will be needed in the run up to the June Council Meeting in Portland, Maine.

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