PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Monitors who collect important data about fisheries are set to return to East Coast fishing boats in a week.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requires the monitors on the boats to collect information that helps manage fisheries. The requirement for monitors and observers has been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NOAA said Monday the monitoring will return to Northeast fisheries on July 1. The agency said in a statement it is “committed to the public health and safety of fishermen, observers and others while fulfilling our mission to maintain our nation's seafood supply and conserving marine life.”

NOAA said precautionary steps will be taken once monitors are redeployed to reduce the spread of the virus.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.