FMA Field Operations
The FMA Division's Field Operations
Program maintains field offices in Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch
Harbor, Alaska. Each field office provides year-round service.
All field staff have served as observers
in Alaska fisheries and have experience
with each type of fishing gear and vessel, as well as shoreside
operations. Their duties include:
- communicating with industry members to improve compliance with
regulations associated with observer safety, working conditions,
- providing support to observers to enhance data quality;
- collaborating with other biologists from the AFSC and Alaska Region;
- participating in fishery research cruises in support of the
Division or other AFSC research activities.
FMA employs a team of biologists that provide
direct assistance and one-on-one interaction with observers in the
office and at vessels and plants.
They carry out rotational assignments at the field offices and remote
ports throughout Alaska, where they coordinate with industry to improve
upon observer sampling, working, and living conditions.
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