North Pacific Groundfish

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North Pacific Groundfish
Observer Program

The waters off Alaska produce nearly half of all fish caught in U.S. waters. Alaska’s enormous groundfish resource supports a dynamic, year-round fishery with trawlers, longliners, and pot fishermen harvesting cod, pollock, flatfish, mackerel, sablefish, and rockfish. The fishery is managed by quota, and fishing vessels are required to carry observers who play a key role in the sustainability of this huge and vital biomass. Observers gather data on catch, bycatch, and fishing effort which is used by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to monitor fish populations, set catch limits, and log encounters with protected seabirds and marine mammals.

Need an Observer?


Saltwater has been a leader in the North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program (NPGOP) since it began in 1990. With over two decades experience we understand the fisheries, the program, the logistics, and the imperative of high quality data.


If problems arise for our clients or observers, Saltwater is on hand and ready to solve them. We have experienced staff on call 24/7 in Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Anchorage, Seattle, and San Francisco.


Saltwater goes the extra mile to make things work. In addition to logistics experts and support staff, we have a large pool of experienced, professional observers ready to go.

Saltwater Inc.  •  733 N Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99501  •  Phone (907) 276-3241  •  Toll-Free (800) 770-3241