PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - New England fishermen say they are running out of time and fear for their future as the federal government considers passing along the costs of monitoring the industry at sea.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) New England fishermen say they are running out of time and fear for their future as the federal government considers passing along the costs of monitoring the industry at sea.

The monitors are trained workers who collect data to determine future quotas on certain fish. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the funding for monitors in New England fisheries such as cod and haddock is going to run out around Dec. 1.

The agency says fishermen will have to pay for the monitors, which can cost about $800 per trip. Maine Coast Fishermen's Association executive director Ben Martens says the cost will put fishermen out of business.

A group of New England congressmen says it is looking for ways to reduce the burden for fishermen.