Commercial Fishing At-Sea Monitor

Degree offered

Certificate of Recognition in At-Sea Monitor

Credits required 9


Sarmad Saman,

Program contact

Robert Rak, Coordinator and Professor of Environmental Technology,

Program Code: AS

Program Goals Statement

The National Marine Fisheries Service At-Sea Monitoring Program was established under Amendment 16 of the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. It is an integral part of catch monitoring to ensure that Annual Catch Limits of fish species are not exceeded. This certificate is designed to prepare the student  for  a career as an  At-Sea Monitor in the commercial fishing industry. Upon successful completion of this program, students will apply for employment with approved  At- Sea Monitoring Service Providers. Once hired, students  will utilize their training to take and pass the National Marine Fisheries Service At-Sea Monitoring Certification course to obtain federal certification as an At-Sea Monitor.

Program Information

  • Students must demonstrate a level of math skills equivalent to MTH 021 through attaining a score of 60 or higher on the Arithmetic and a score of 72 or higher on the Algebra placement exam or through obtaining a “C” or better in the MTH 021 course
  • To successfully obtain the certificate, students must attain a grade of  “C” or better in the BIO 232 Marine Biology course, a “B” or better in the EGR 268 Fisheries Technologies and Monitoring Techniques, and obtain their Certificate of Completion in Offshore Survival in the EGR162 Marine Safety course.
  • For successful completion of the program students will be expected to participate in field trips, including trips at sea on fishing vessels and commercial whale watch vessels. 
  • Students must be able to lift 50 lbs, drag 200 lbs, swim 100 yards, climb ladders, tolerate stress and work long hours
  • Students must be US citizens, or a non-citizen who has a green card, TN Authorization, H1 visa, or valid work visa, and a social security card
  • Students should not have a conflict of interest and thus not have any  direct or indirect interest in a fishery managed under federal regulations including, but not limited to, vessels, dealers, shipping companies, sectors, sector managers, or advocacy groups.
  • For students to move from this program to the National Marine Fisheries Service At-Sea Monitoring Certification Course, they must possess a current American Red Cross certification in CPR and First Aid.

After BCC

  • Graduates work as At- Sea Monitors with various approved At-Sea Monitoring Service Providers to the commercial fishing fleet in the Northeastern United States.

Program Requirements

Program Courses

BIO 132Marine Biology

4 credits

EGR 268Fisheries Technologies and Monitoring Techniques

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

MTH-021 required depending on performance on the Arithmetic Placement Exam and the Algebra Placement Exam.

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