Successfully managed commercial fisheries must ensure that harvesting practices fit within long-term resource conservation targets and sustainability goals. In meeting these objectives, fisheries data systems must be comprehensive and provide accurate, timely and complete information on all aspects of the fishery.


The CGRCS works cooperatively and in partnership with Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientists and managers on research activities and operational programs in support of a healthy and well-managed fishery. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Groundfish trawl industry pioneered the .

accountability process through the development of the 100% dockside monitoring and at-sea observer programs. The dockside-monitoring program was created in 1994 to accurately account for landed catch. The at-sea observer program was created in 1996 to monitor stock specific species catches and releases and collect biological samples and scientific information that assist scientists in assessing the health of Groundfish stocks.

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