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NFWF Continues Investment in Fisheries Accountability and Data Modernization

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Published August 9, 2017

By: Melanie Sturm and Erika Feller

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the release of our third request for proposals (RFP) for projects that catalyze the implementation of electronic technologies (ET) for catch and compliance monitoring and improvements to fishery information systems in U.S. fisheries.

Timely, accurate and reliable data is an essential ingredient to managing fish stocks sustainably. But U.S. fisheries are diverse in their needs and conditions. Around the U.S., commercial and recreational fishery leaders, states and federal agencies, universities, NGOs and service providers are working to build better data systems that support decision making, improve management efficiency, and support creative solutions to fishery management challenges. Inherent in the design of “better data… Read More »

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Gulf of Maine Explained: Electronic Monitoring

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Published July 20, 2017

From the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

It’s easy to imagine fishing as a Wild West landscape, with fishermen heading out to sea, catching as many fish as they can, and selling them all back at the dock in a straightforward process.

In reality, fishing in the Gulf of Maine is a complex, heavily-regulated industry. Federal fisheries managers set strict limits for how much fish can be harvested in a given year. Fishermen in New England are then required to report their catch data to ensure they don’t exceed these limits. The catch is also monitored by human observers — people who ride along with the fishermen to verify their catch data.

Monitoring is important, but human… Read More »

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Marine Instruments and Archipelago Marine Research Form a Strategic Partnership

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Published June 13, 2017

In a news release dated June 13, 2017, Archipelago Marine Research (AMR) and Marine Instruments (MI) announced they are now working together to enable ongoing advancement and implementation of Electronic Monitoring (EM) technology around the world:

Marine Instruments brings a strong worldwide presence in the marine industry as well as years of technical innovation in marine electronics. Archipelago pioneered EM technology, and are recognized experts in the design and implementation of EM programs in all fishery types. This business arrangement allows for further advancement of EM technology throughout the world and increased adoption of EM as a viable solution for fisheries monitoring. The formal agreement was signed by both organizations in Victoria, BC, Canada on June 2, 2017.

“The fisheries… Read More »

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At sea, under the eyes of cameras, fishermen work as the government monitors catch

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Published May 17, 2017

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Chris Brown has grown used to the five video cameras that record every move he and his two crew members make aboard the Proud Mary.

Read complete article at Providence Journal

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Implementing EM for the Alaska Pot Cod Fleet

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Published May 9, 2017

The North Pacific Fisheries Association (NPFA), a fishermen’s organization, and Saltwater Inc., an observer and EM service provider, received funding in 2016 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to implement electronic monitoring (EM) in Alaska’s pot cod fishery.

The project highlights skipper engagement, integration of observers into the EM program, cross training of skilled EM personnel, a streamlined feedback loop between vessels and data, and local data review. A progress report, Implementing EM For Alaska’s Pot Cod Fleet, details key aspects of the program and is available at the link below.

Implementing EM for Alaska’s Pot Cod Fleet

For more information about this implementation, contact Abigail Turner –  abigail.jeannette@gmail.com –  or Nancy Munro –   nancy.munro@saltwaterinc.com .

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Alaska Fish Factor: Preparing to go electric

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Published April 13, 2017

By Laine Welch, reprinted with permission, Alaska Fish Factor

Automation is coming to Alaska fishing boats in the form of cameras and sensors to track what’s coming and going over the rails.

Starting next year, Electronic Monitoring systems (EM) can officially replace human observers as fishery data collectors on Alaska boats using longline and pot gear. Vessel operators who do not voluntarily switch to EMS remain subject to human observer coverage on randomly selected fishing trips.

The onboard observer requirement originally included vessels 59 feet and larger, but was restructured in 2013 to include boats down to 40 feet and, for the first time, was applied to the halibut fishery.

“Those smaller vessels have had a hard time accommodating human observers so… Read More »

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Electronic Monitoring in Fisheries Management – WWF Report 2015

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Published March 23, 2017

WWF commissioned this report as a contribution to the ongoing discussions surrounding the introduction of new CFP regulations including the Landing Obligation and in the interests of addressing some of the potential misconceptions around the use of Remote Electronic Monitoring systems using cameras. Report in PDF

 

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Scottish science applications of Remote Electronic Monitoring

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Published March 23, 2017

Needle, Dinsdale, B uch, Rui, Catarino, Drewery, Butler; ICES J Mar Sci (2015) 72 (4): 1214-1229 Abstract

Part of the European Union (EU) Common Fisheries Policy revision of 2013 is a commitment to implement a land-all policy, under which the practice of discarding caught fish back into the sea will be forbidden. This measure will be applied first to the pelagic fleet in 2015, with a phased implementation for the demersal fleet between 2016 and 2019. As part of trials to determine the efficacy of a land-all policy for North Sea cod (Gadus morhua L.), Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) systems were installed on seven Scottish demersal vessels in 2008. Vessels were permitted additional days-at-sea and cod quota, and were obliged to land all cod caught in the North… Read More »

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Discarding of cod in the Fully Documented Fisheries trials

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Published March 23, 2017

Ulrich, Olesen, Bergsson, Egekvist, Hakansson, Dalskov, Kindt-Larsen, Storr-Paulsen; ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72: 1848–1860 Abstract

Denmark was the first nation in Europe to promote the use of Fully Documented Fisheries (FDF) through Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) and CCTV camera systems, with pilot schemes in place since 2008. In theory, such a scheme could supplement and even potentially replace expensive control and monitoring programmes; and when associated with a catch quota management (CQM) system, incentivize positive changes in fishing patterns in a results-based management approach. New data flows are, however, required to ensure the practical implementation of such a scheme. This paper reviews the quality of the FDF data collected during 2008–2014 and their potential in strengthening information on cod… Read More »

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Electronic Monitoring in the New England Groundfish Fishery: Lessons learned from a collaborative research project (FY2013 – FY2015)

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Published March 21, 2017

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Executive Summary

In 2013, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA), the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and Ecotrust Canada (‘project partners’) embarked on a three-year pilot project to further the development of electronic monitoring (EM) in the New England groundfish fishery. The overarching goal of the project was to determine if EM technology could be used to collect information on catch and discards that is comparable to existing monitoring and reporting programs in a cost-effective manner. The primary objective was to develop an EM system that could capture high quality video footage for identification of groundfish species and accurate length estimates of individual fish discarded at sea… Read More »

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