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New England Electronic Monitoring Project Phase III

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Published June 11, 2016

New England Electronic Monitoring Project Phase III

The goal of the New England Electronic Monitoring (EM) Project was to investigate the potential for using EM within the broader Northeast Multispecies Fishery (NE groundfish fishery) catch monitoring program. EM systems are designed for the automated collection of fisheries data while vessels are at sea. They collect high-frequency sensor data and closed-circuit television (CCTV) imagery during fishing or related activities which are then reviewed post-trip to provide data needed for fisheries management, compliance, and/or science.

Phases I and II of the project were completed and documented in 2010-2013 (Pria et. al., 2011, 2012) and laid the initial groundwork for understanding how EM could best be applied in the monitoring needs of the NE groundfish fishery. These results… Read More »

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Preliminary Study About the Suitability of an Electronic Monitoring System to Record Scientific and Other Information from the Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fishehry

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Published June 11, 2016

Preliminary Study About the Suitability of an Electronic Monitoring System to Record Scientific and Other Information from the Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fishery

This paper was published in 2015, authored by J.P. Monteagudo.

Summary

Electronic monitoring systems (EMS) are used in some fisheries to collect the same types of scientific information that human observers can collect, and in some cases for compliance with existing regulations. An EMS system was tested previously onboard a tropical tuna purse seiner in the Atlantic Ocean and it showed that the system could perform very well in many tasks. Since then, 17 purse seine vessels operating in the 4 RFMO’s, have been equipped with a different EMS that has been developed recently by SATLINK (SeaTube). In this paper, we present preliminary analyses comparing information collected by human observers from the IEO and… Read More »

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Standards for the Effective Management of Fisheries Bycatch (Published February 2014)

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Published June 11, 2016

This paper is available from ScienceDirect here . It was published in February, 2014.

Abstract

Mitigating the environmental impact of commercial fishing, by avoiding, minimizing and compensating for adverse effects, is core business for fisheries management authorities globally. The complex interplay of ecological, economic, and social considerations has often resulted in bycatch management being reactive, confrontational and costly. In many cases it has been difficult to demonstrate success and to establish whether bycatch management has been efficient or effective. This article proposes standards for bycatch management following reviews of literature, international agreements and Australian domestic fishery management policies, and consideration by many technical experts and several stakeholder representatives. The standards have been developed using Australian Commonwealth fisheries – and the international… Read More »

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The Use of Electronic Reporting for Regional Purse Seine Log Book and Regional Observer Work Book Data

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Published June 11, 2016

Following on the success of the electronic forms (eForms) for Port Sampling which use an Android tablet application (App) for improved quality and timeliness of data collection, the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority has developed eForms for purse seine vessels’ e-reporting of Regional Purse Seine Logbook and Observer Work Book data.

Electronic Reporting for Regional Purse Seine Log Book and Regional Observer Work Book Data – WCPFC – August, 2014_D. Karis, et al.

Related information can be found on the WCPFC website here .

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WCPFC E-Monitoring and E-Reporting Workshop, April 2014

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Published June 11, 2016

This workshop was (and is) supported by a comprehensive website that contains workshop papers, delegation papers, presentations and information papers. Here is a summary report of the workshop: Chair’s Report-E-Monitoring and E-Reporting Workshop.

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Us. National Observer Program and Regional Electronic Technology Implementation Plans 2016-2018 (Powerpoint-October 29, 2015)

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Published June 11, 2016

U.S. National Observer Program and Regional Electronic Technology Implementation Plans for 2016-2018_J DiCosimo

Presented at NOAA Fisheries Council Member Training, Silver Spring, MD, on October 29, 2015.

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Convolutional Neural Networks for Counting Fish in Fisheries Surveillance Video

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Published June 11, 2016

Convolutional Neural Networks for Counting Fish in Fisheries Surveillance Video_French, et al.

Abstract: We present a computer vision tool that analyses video from a CCTV system installed on fishing trawlers to monitor discarded fish catch. The system aims to support expert observers who review the footage and verify numbers, species and sizes of discarded fish. The operational environment presents a significant challenge for these tasks. Fish are processed below deck under fluorescent lights, they are randomly oriented and there are multiple occlusions. The scene is unstructured and complicated by the presence of fishermen processing the catch. We describe an approach to segmenting the scene and counting fish that exploits the N4-Fields algorithm. We performed extensive tests of the algorithm on a data set comprising 443 frames from 6 belts. Results… Read More »

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August 2016 – 8th International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference, San Diego

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Published June 11, 2016

Registrations Now Open!

Click here to secure your place at the 8th IFOMC 2016 Conference being held 29 August – 2 September 2016 in San Diego, California!

The International Steering Committee for the 8th International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference 2016 invites all those interested in the sustainability of the world’s fisheries and how we monitor and manage them. It will be a forum where critical issues concerning fisheries observers, observer programs, emerging monitoring technologies and other approaches to fishery dependent data collection and analyses will be discussed.

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2015 AFS Symposium on Implementing Electronic Monitoring and Reporting in U.S. Fisheries (Papers & Presentations)

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Published June 1, 2016

This symposium took place August 20, 2015 at the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, in Portland, Oregon. We’d like to acknowledge and thank the members of the Steering Committee that made this symposium a success. They are: Eric Brazer (Gulf Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance); Kelly Denit (NMFS); Erika Feller (The Nature Conservancy); Melissa Hooper (NMFS); George LaPointe (Consultant); Dorothy Lowman (Consultant).

Please review this EM Symposium Handout , which provides an overview of the event, a list of presentations, panel discussions and speakers, and abstracts of the presentations below.

This symposium was organized into three primary subject areas and the presentations below are organized accordingly. They are Data Management & Integration; Standards; and Process for Implementation.

For information regarding this symposium,… Read More »

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Southeast Region (South Atlantic & Gulf Councils)

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Published July 8, 2014

Since the National EM Workshop:

  • Final rules were published in December 2013 (South Atlantic) and February 2014 (Gulf of Mexico) requiring headboats to submit weekly electronic logbooks.  Previously headboats were required to submit paper-based logbooks on a monthly basis.  For more information go to:
  • SE Fishery Bulletin: Modifications to South Atlantic Headboat Reporting Requirements
  • SE Fishery Bulletin: Modifications to Gulf of Mexico Headboat Reporting Requirements
  • A final rule was published in April 2014 requiring seafood dealers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic to report purchases of federally managed species on a weekly basis.  These new reporting requirements will become effective on August 7, 2014. More information is available here .
  • In March/April 2014, the Gulf and South Atlantic Councils formed a Technical Subcommittee to begin development of electronic reporting requirements for charter vessels…. Read More »

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