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Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program

Observer Training

Acknowledgements
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Authority to place observers aboard commercial shark fishing boats is granted by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This program was operated as voluntary, cooperative initiative between commercial fishers and non-NMFS research biologists during the 1994-2001 period and became a mandatory program in 2002. Funding for the CSFOP historically has come from a variety of Department of Commerce funding sources, including Marine Fisheries Initiative (MARFIN), Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The CSFOP currently receives funding from the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.