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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

Click here for report in PDF

 

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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2014 Solomon Islands Tuna Longline E-Monitoring Project

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Published September 16, 2016

Report on 2014 Solomon Islands Longline E-Monitoring Project

 

This report by Hosken, et al., summarises the results of a Video Electronic Monitoring project conducted on tuna longline fishing vessels operating in Solomon Islands waters during 2014.

The main objective of the project was to investigate the extent which Video Electronic Monitoring system (E-Monitoring) can record the data normally collected by observers on-board tuna longline vessels based on the required minimum data fields specified under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Regional Observer Programme (ROP).

The project partners were Tri Marine, National Fisheries Developments (NFD), Yi Man Fishing Company, Satlink (the service provider), Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the Secretariat of… Read More »

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2011 (and ongoing) Denmark Harbor porpoise bycatch program

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Published September 4, 2016

Monitored species: Harbor porpoise (bycatch)

Period: 2011 and ongoing

Number of vessels in the program: 9

Geographic scope of the program: Inner Danish Water, North Sea and Skagerrak

A brief description of the equipment employed in the EM / ER:

All vessels were equipped with REM from Anchor lab K/S, including cameras, GPS and gear sensors, all connected to a control box where data was stored on two mirrored hard-discs. Video recording started when the vessel left the harbour (predefined mailbox coordinates) and automatically turned off when entering the harbour again, using the GPS signal to trace position.

A brief description of the specific goals of the program:

Assess by-catch levels of harbor porpoise using REM.

Reporting agency or agencies… Read More »

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2013-2015 Denmark North Sea, Skagerrak and Baltic program

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Published September 4, 2016

Target species: Cod, Plaice, Hake, Haddock, Nephrops, Saithe, Whiting

Program period: 2013 – 2015

Number of vessels in the program: 14

Geographic scope of the program: North Sea, Skagerrak and Baltic Sea

A brief description of the equipment employed in the EM / ER:

All vessels were equipped with REM from Anchor lab K/S, including cameras, GPS and gear sensors, all connected to a control box where data was stored on two mirrored hard-discs. Video recording started when the vessel left the harbour (predefined mailbox coordinates) and automatically turned off when entering the harbour again, using the GPS signal to trace position.

A brief description of the specific goals of the program:

  • Analyze the effect of a free gear selection… Read More »

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    2010 (and ongoing) Denmark North Sea & Skagerrak program

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    Published September 4, 2016

    Target species: Cod

    Program period: 2010 and ongoing

    Number of vessels and gear type in the program: 23

    Geographic scope of the program: North Sea and Skagerrak

    Equipment employed in the EM / ER?

    The system consists of a GPS (Global Positioning System), a hydraulic pressure sensor, a photoelectric drum rotation (winch) sensor, and up to 8 closed circuit cameras (CCTV; of resolution 480×720 pixels and adjustable frame from one to five pictures per second) providing an overhead view of the aft deck and closer views of the fish handling and discard chute areas (Figure 1). Further details on the technology can be found on Archipelago’s website.

    A brief description of the specific goals of the program:

  • Collate and assess… Read More »

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