What does a fishery observer do? Fisheries observers collect catch and bycatch data from U.S. commercial fishing and processing vessels. They are NOAA Fisheries’ eyes and ears on the water. These professionally trained biologists monitor and collect data regarding the fish and other sea life that are caught, what is discarded, the areas where a vessel is fishing, and the type of gear used. This information supports science, conservation, and management activities, and also supports compliance with fishing and safety regulations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences.
  • 30 credit hours in

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