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Invitation to EDF’s Smart Boat Webinar

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Published April 2, 2019

The Environmental Defense Fund would like to invite you to participate in a webinar on Monday, April 22nd at 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time to discuss the recent launch of our Smart Boat Initiative .

This webinar will explore our vision for revolutionizing sustainable fishing in the digital age, share lessons learned from testing technologies on the water and provide a glimpse into the Smart Boat Initiative’s next steps.

We are pleased to be joined by Katie McGinty, Senior Vice President of Oceans at EDF; Christopher Cusack, Research and Development at EDF’s Fishery Solutions Center; Johanna Thomas, Interim Director of EDF’s U.S. Oceans Program; and Captain Bob Dooley, veteran commercial fisherman. We will also have a discussion during the webinar and welcome participants to… Read More »

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Design Considerations to Optimize Monitoring for Canada’s Pacific Region Fisheries

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Published March 22, 2019

McElderry, H and Meintzer, P. 2019. Unpublished report prepared for Fisheries and Oceans Canada by Archipelago Marine Fisheries Ltd., Victoria, BC. Canada. 40p.

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Executive Summary

This paper is intended for the broad community of stakeholders who are involved in the design, implementation, operation, and evaluation of fishery monitoring programs. Although we focus on Canada’s Pacific Region as a case study for this paper, the methodology and observations we present apply to any fishery that is attempting to improve their catch monitoring systems. It is important to clarify that this paper is not intended to judge the adequacy of existing fishery monitoring systems, as we recognize that the choices made are often a trade-off between many factors…. Read More »

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Measuring congruence between electronic monitoring and logbook data in Australian Commonwealth longline and gillnet fisheries

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Published March 22, 2019

Timothy J. Emery, Rocio Noriega, Ashley J. Williams and James Larcombe

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Abstract

Electronic monitoring (EM) has the capacity to collect fisheries-dependent data to support 
fisheries management decision-making. Following successful pilot studies, EM was 
introduced into several Australian Commonwealth fisheries in 2015, including the Eastern 
Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) and the Gillnet, Hook and Trap (GHAT) sector of the 
Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF).

We compared two years of EM 
analyst and fisher-reported logbook data from the ETBF and GHAT sector to examine the 
level of congruence in reporting of both retained and discarded catch and protected species 
interactions. In general, congruence between EM analyst and fisher-reported logbook data 
in both the ETBF… Read More »

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Cape Cod Fishermen and Partners Issue RFP for EM Provider

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Published March 6, 2019

The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, in partnership with the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and fishermen from the Fixed Gear Sector, Northeast Fishery Sectors XI, V, & III, Maine Coast Community Sector, Northeast Coastal Communities Sector, and Sustainable Harvest Sector, is issuing this Request for Proposals to obtain the services of an electronic monitoring provider to refine and implement an audit-based electronic monitoring (EM) plan in accordance with 50 CFR 648.87(b)(4) Provider Standards issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service for a subset of up to 35 vessels in the New England groundfish fishery. The Alliance has secured grant funding to continue and expand the existing EM Audit Model Pilot Program in 2019-20.

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EDF Launches Smart Boat Initiative to Help Recover Global Fisheries

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Published March 6, 2019

New initiative to harness digital revolution to accelerate sustainable networked fisheries

(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 6, 2019) Today at the World Ocean Summit being held in Abu Dhabi, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced the launch of its Smart Boat Initiative designed to accelerate the exploration and adoption of powerful new technologies to greatly improve sustainability, efficiency and profitability in the fishing sector across the globe.

The new initiative focuses on leveraging the technological advances and plummeting costs in sensors, artificial intelligence, broadband communication and data analytics to equip and surround fishing vessels of all sizes with digital tools and infrastructure that can increase sustainability, accountability and transparency in fishing.

“Just as smart phones provided a platform for a wave of… Read More »

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Net Gains Alliance driving modernization of US fisheries information systems; seeks to unleash greater economic, social, environmental benefits

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Published March 3, 2019

February 21, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) – A new initiative to accelerate modernization, implementation and adaptation of robust information systems to support improved management of ocean resources has just been launched by the Net Gains Alliance (NGA). NGA is working to spur modernization of America’s fisheries information system, an effort viewed as critical by industry and fisheries managers alike for further improving overall management and enhancing environmental, social and economic performance.

United States’ fisheries rely on a robust, science-based process for comprehensive and effective management. The diversity of information needs for fisheries management in the U.S. is increasing, as is the pace at which decisions are needed. Current information management systems can be enhanced to meet these evolving needs. This will help ensure that… Read More »

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Gathering Fishery-Dependent Data in the Digital Age

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Published March 3, 2019

From Kate Wing ( @kwing , the databranch ) comes this tweet, which we can hardly improve upon in introducing her latest project:

“It’s a guide to digitizing fisheries data collection! It’s [finally] ready for your comments! Pls share with your favorite #fish manager.”

So here is Gathering Fishery-Dependent Data in the Digital Age: A guide for managers and scientists .

From Kate’s intro:

Every day, more people are bringing digital data collection tools onboard fishing boats, from personal  mobile phones to systems of integrated cameras and gear sensors. For managers, scientists, fishers, and anyone involved in ocean conservation, this presents opportunities to bring faster, more accurate data into management. This guide is to help you think through which tools might make sense for your fishery, and what questions to ask before adopting them.

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Tools and Technologies for the Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of Unwanted Catches

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Published January 15, 2019

Tools and Technologies for the Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of Unwanted Catches

Abstract: A key requirement for the successful implementation of the Landing Obligation is the need to monitor and regulate unwanted catches at sea. This issue is particularly challenging because of the large number of vessels and trips that need to be monitored and the remoteness of vessels at sea. Several options exist in theory, ranging from patrol vessels to onboard observers and self-sampling. Increasingly though, technology is developing to provide remote Electronic Monitoring (EM) with cameras at lower costs. This chapter first provides an overall synthesis of the pro’s and con’s of several monitoring tools and technologies. Four EM technologies already… Read More »

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Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies Conference

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Published January 11, 2019

You have until January 25th to register!

The Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies Conference started with a modest vision to explore and discover the potential of emerging, and potentially disruptive, technologies that could be applied to improve the conservation and management of our world’s fisheries.  While the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) led initial workshops and events, a broad coalition of Industry, Government, and Non-government institutions have come together to make the next event the biggest and best to date. Improvements in technology have almost always changed the world and this will be no different with respect to our oceans.  Are you ready for those changes?

Goals of the SAFET Conference

  • Improve and clarify the understanding of the existing MCS and supply chain… Read More »

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    NFWF Announces 2018 Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Slate

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    Published November 26, 2018

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration (NOAA) and Kingfisher Foundation announced a 2018 round of funding for Electronic Monitoring and Reporting projects. Fifteen new fisheries conservation grants totaling $3.78 million were awarded, leveraging $5.05 million in match from the grantees and generating a total conservation impact of mree than $8.83 million.

    The Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Program helps to integrate technology into U.S. fisheries data collection to improve fisheries management. This year’s projects will implement electronic technologies strategies and modernize data management systems.

    Grantees for this funding cycle are based from New England to Western Alaska and from Hawaii to Puerto Rico.

    Here is the full grant slate .

     

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