PETERSBURG-AK Some of Alaska’s small-boat fishermen may have to carry an onboard observer in the near future. The federal government is restructuring its fishery observer program to better monitor bycatch on larger vessels but the proposed rules would also include boats under 60 feet for the first time. Fishermen in Southeast are concerned about the cost as well as the practicalities of hosting an observer on vessels that are often short on space as it is.
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