Setting the record straight

The Nov. 29 issue of the Homer News’ Seawatch column reported on some of the issues the commercial fishing fleet is having with the new NMFS Observer Program. I appreciate Cristy Fry showcasing our concerns. I’d like to clarify that I fully support the development of an Electronic Monitoring System as an integral part of the NMFS Program.
As a member of North Pacific Fisheries Association, I have worked with Saltwater Inc. through a NFWF grant to develop a suitable system. While we have had predictable setbacks of a pilot program we have made considerable progress in advancing the technology.
I fully support an expanded observer program and look forward to working with NMFS and Saltwater Inc. to mold a system that will be a global example of modern fisheries management.
Malcolm Milne

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