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NOAA Issues Report from the National Electronic Monitoring Workshop

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Published December 12, 2017

A diverse group of nearly 100 stakeholders gathered in Seattle in November 2016 to share information on what is working – and what challenges remain – in the implementation and integration of electronic monitoring technologies in fisheries observation.

This Second National EM Workshop was organized and planned by a steering committee of fishermen, managers, scientists, and fishery non-governmental organizations. It served as a follow-up to the First National EM Workshop, held in January 2014, which focused on encouraging the ongoing development of EM technologies.

The workshop featured ten panel discussions, organized both by region (Alaska, Atlantic HMS, Northeast, and West Coast) and topic (Considering Costs; Data Quality, Storage, and Retention; Emerging EM Programs; Program Design and Implementation; EM… Read More »

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Electronic Monitoring Expands in Hawaii

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Published November 3, 2017

EM is now on 19 vessels, spanning multiple fleets based out of Honolulu, with plans to continue expansion!

It has been about 11 months since the first EM system was installed on a Hawaii longline limited entry permitted vessel as part of a pre-implementation initiative. Since then, a total of 19 vessels have volunteered to take EM systems with them on all of their fishing trips. This fleet is split into two different fisheries, a 100% observed swordfish fishery, and a 20% observed tuna fishery. Both fisheries use extremely similar pelagic longline gear. Vessels range from about 50’-100’ and take trips ranging from 3-6 weeks, depending on target species. These EM systems are designed to capture all catch accounting data,… Read More »

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Presentations from 2017 AFS Symposium: Emerging Technologies in Fisheries-Dependent Science and Catch Monitoring

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Published October 11, 2017

Fisheries worldwide are seeking to improve catch data and regulatory compliance while managing costs. Electronic monitoring (EM) has clear potential to meet these challenges by incorporating cameras, sensors and electronic reporting systems into fishing operations. However, program development costs as well as the costs of human video review and video storage present significant barriers to moving EM programs forward.

At the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida in August, a symposium on Emerging Technologies in Fisheries-Dependent Science and Catch Monitoring brought together experts in electronic technologies and automated data processing to examine how ongoing efforts can improve fisheries-dependent data collection. Presenters explored the status and economics of current and developing EM programs; the evolution of EM hardware and software… Read More »

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Published October 11, 2017

PowerPoint: Cloud and Machine Learning Technologies for Electronic Monitoring Data Processing and Analysis

A Cloud and Machine Learning-based Electronic Monitoring (EM) system that enables effective monitoring of the compliance of commercial tuna fishing was developed for NOAA Fisheries. HD video and GPS location trace data are pre-processed, with quality control via a scalable computing cluster Data Pre-Processing System, as part of a hybrid cloud solution for this EM system. The quality controlled video data and its metadata are ingested into Amazon GovCloud S3 storage. GovCloud elastic servers and other PaaS and IaaS services are used to facilitate EM data analysis and review. Machine learning-based Activity Recognition (AR) is another key solution in the EM system. AR detects and classifies fish capturing activities, tags the video segments containing fishing events, and performs… Read More »

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Published October 11, 2017

PowerPoint: Technology Investments for Tomorrow’s EM Programs

Expanding information needs in commercial fisheries has led to the introduction of EM as a rapidly growing alternative to observer programs. EM is still in its infancy and while EM and observers seek to achieve similar information outputs they are fundamentally different programs in terms of design, operational needs and cost. A successfully implemented operational EM program is the result of optimizing data needs (quantity, quality, and timeliness) with the fishery characteristics, the technology, the operational requirements to support the deployment of EM and available funds.

A multitude of studies has shown that many of the standard fishery information needs can be successfully achieved using EM. Future technology investments hold promise for improving information quality, gathering new types… Read More »

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Published October 11, 2017

PowerPoint: It’s All Connected- Saltwater Inc. Electronic Monitoring

Technology has changed the way Saltwater does business – literally — from collecting fisheries data with onboard and shoreside observers to working with both observers and electronic monitoring systems.

With EM, we operate at the intersection between fishery managers and fishermen, between policy and implementation, and between all the data one might want and what can be collected, reviewed, and stored at a reasonable cost. We design and build EM systems and software, install them on boats, train skippers, provide ongoing technical support, and review and analyze data. We consider it our job to continually look for ways to make the collection and use of EM data better, faster, and cheaper. More and better data increases the odds… Read More »

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Published October 11, 2017

PowerPoint: What You Get for What You Pay

Accurate catch monitoring is critical to successful management of output controlled fisheries. Since adopting such a system with the implementation of catch shares in 2010, monitoring in the New England groundfish fishery has been conducted with at sea monitors. These human observers use multiple methods to estimate kept catch and discards leading to varying levels of data quality. As New England transitions from agency to industry funded monitoring programs, additional scrutiny has been placed on the costs of collecting these data. In an effort to explore potential cost savings, pilot programs have used cameras, GPS and sensors to electronically monitor catch. We analyze the cost efficiency of numerous monitoring strategies accounting for differences in quality of the data collected…. Read More »

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Published October 11, 2017

PowerPoint: Seatube – Satlink’s on Board Electronic Monitoring and Video Recording Solution

Satlink is a Spanish engineering company that develops technological solutions in collaboration with the fishing industry, NGOs and governments worldwide. These solutions support seafood traceability and manage, optimize and preserve fish resources.

The Satlink SeaTube System is a cost effective on-board Electronic Monitoring (EM) and video recording solution for commercial fisheries. In addition to being a compliance monitoring system, SeaTube also allows the vessel’s owner to view vessel activity from a PC in the office.

Satlink has teamed up with Digital Observer Services (DOS), an independent consultancy company and provider of EM services. DOS provides video review services as well as training and software support to organizations wanting to perform their own video reviews and analyses.

The SeaTube EM system with support from DOS… Read More »

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Published October 11, 2017

PowerPoint: Machine Learning for Big Fishery Visual Data

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Published October 11, 2017

PowerPoint: Utilizing Wireless Technologies to Monitor New England Groundfish

Once a profitable fishery supporting coastal communities, the groundfish fishery in New England is in crisis. One factor is the mixed stock nature of the fishery where stocks with low catch limits constrain the harvest of more abundant stocks. In addition, climate-mediated changes in this region are unprecedented, and the impacts on marine fisheries resources, such as changes in distribution and productivity, are increasing. There is a need for more comprehensive and accurate data collection to understand the current and future state of the Gulf of Maine fishery resources. Adaptive electronic tools can help address these data gaps. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) has begun developing an extension of traditional electronic monitoring (EM), called the Fisheries… Read More »

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