The Fisheries Observation Science Program collects and analyzes critical fisheries data from U.S. West Coast fishing vessels. Independent field biologists known as observers are deployed aboard working fishing boats to collect this scientific data. While at sea, observers collect a variety of data on fishing operations, catch composition, and protected resources. They also collect biological samples from the catch. Staff provide logistical and scientific support, ensure data quality, and train observers. Our scientists also produce a variety of data products and reports to support fisheries management and the NOAA mission. Fishery scientists and managers depend on observer data and analysis for stock assessments, management decisions, in-season quota tracking, and scientific research.