At Sea Monitor

In May 2010, the Northeast Fisheries Management Council adopted Amendment 16 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Program (FMP). Amendment 16 modified sector management and authorized the addition of 17 sectors. Two additional sectors were added in May 2011. Each sector has developed a plan to manage their allotted total allowable quota of various species under the multispecies FMP. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) implemented the At-Sea Monitor program in May 2010 in order to adhere to the requirements added with the implementation of Amendment 16.

In order to provide the coverage required by Amendment 16, the National Marine Fisheries Service awarded A.I.S. a two year contract to provide at-sea monitors in April 2010. In September 2012, A.I.S. was reawarded a contract to provide at-sea monitor coverage for up to two years. Each monitor candidate is required to attend an 11 day training course held at the Fisheries Sampling Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Upon successful completion of the training, each monitor will be deployed on commercial fishing vessels operating under their respective Northeast Multispecies permit to collect scientific, management, compliance, and other data at sea through interviews of vessel captains and crew, observations of fishing operations, photographing catch, and measurements of selected portions of the catch and fishing gear as directed by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.


  • Candidates should posses a Bachelor’s Degree in the biological sciences. Exceptions may be made for those with a High School diploma and related experience.
  • Candidates should have US or Canadian citizenship or have been legal residents in the US for the last two years.
  • Candidates must be able to commit to the program for at least a year.
  • Candidates should have their own transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • Candidates must have a valid passport or proof of application.
  • Candidates must be certified in First Aid and CPR by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and drag 200 lbs.
  • Ability to climb across boats and ascend and descend steep ladders to access vessels.
  • Ability to don a survival suit in 60 seconds or less.
  • Ability to endure hot and cold temperatures.
  • Ability to live in confined spaces with limited access to medical treatment for up to 14 days.
  • Ability to tolerate cigarette smoke and diesel fumes.