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2015 AFS EM Symposium: Turning Fishery Information Needs into Performance Standards for an Electronic Monitoring Program

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Published June 29, 2016

PDF: 2015 AFS EM Symposium-Turning Fishery Information Needs into Performance Standards for an Electronic Monitoring Program_M. Hooper

Abstract: Several U.S. commercial fisheries are considering implementing electronic monitoring (EM) systems as an alternative to human observers for at-sea catch and compliance monitoring. Fishery managers, scientists, fishermen, and other partners are in the throes of developing program designs, performance standards, and technical specifications that would meet their objectives, as well as legal requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other statutes. They are looking to the NMFS for guidance on what specific requirements and minimum standards must be met. In some cases, NMFS is breaking new ground in application of some Federal statutes to EM systems, which have only been implemented on a limited scale in U.S. fisheries. This talk will address the following questions, drawing on examples… Read More »

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2015 AFS EM Symposium: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Dockside Monitoring Using an Electronic Monitoring System in the Maryland Blue Crab Fishery

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Published June 29, 2016

PDF: 2015 AFS EM Symposium-Evaluating the Effectiveness of Dockside Monitoring Using an Electronic Monitoring System in the Maryland Blue Crab Fishery_H.W.Slacum

Abstract

Self-reporting is a common method to document harvest, but the accuracy of reported harvest is uncertain without independent methods of harvest verification. General documentation errors, forgetfulness and intentional misreporting are common problems and can profoundly impact the accuracy of reported harvest. As mobile accessible electronic reporting systems become more prevalent they have the potential to improve the timeliness and accuracy of self-reported harvest. However sources of misreporting and incentives to misreport will continue unless techniques are in place to evaluate reporting accuracy and report compliance. Independent verification techniques such as at-sea observers, dockside monitoring and dealer reporting can be implemented to establish crosschecking and auditing of selfreported data and to increase incentives for industry to provide accurate… Read More »

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EM in the Gulf of Mexico

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Published June 29, 2016

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EM for the Atlantic HMS Tuna Longline Fishery

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Published June 29, 2016

OVERVIEW OF THE FISHERY & PROGRAM

  • Fishery: Pelagic longline (Swordfish/tunas)
  • Geographic Scope: New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean regions
  • EM Program Purpose: To monitor/verify bluefin tuna bycatch
  • Program Implementation: June 2015
  • Number of Participating Vessels: 136 eligible (approximately 110 active)
  • Questions and Challenges:
  • The Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (AHMS) program is managed differently than other federally manages species in that it’s a single management program encompassing five Regional Management Councils as established under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This approach was taken because it proved difficult to coordinate management actions among the New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Councils. The AHMS program is also responsible for implementing HMS management… Read More »

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    EM in the Indian Ocean Region

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    Published June 29, 2016

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    Alaska’s Small Boat / Longline EM Program

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    Published June 29, 2016

    The Program at a Glance

     

  • Fishery: Alaska Small Boat / Longline
  • Geographic Scope: Southeast, Southcentral and Southwestern waters of Alaska.
  • EM Program Purpose: Discard estimation from EM video footage, validation of seabird deterrent gear deployment.
  • Pilot Project Implementation: 2014-2017
  • Anticipated Program Implementation: 2018
  • Number of Participating Vessels: Up to 60 in 2016 Pilot; up to 90 in 2017
  • Questions and Challenges:
  • Operations: How to estimate at-sea discards directly from EM video rather than through a logbook audit approach.
  • Operations: How to strategically deploy EM units on a fleet that operates over a wide area and for irregular periods of time to obtain good data
  • Operations: Developing cost effective deployment and data retrieval procedures
  • Confidentiality/record-keeping/archiving: Fishermen have questions about confidentiality,… Read More »

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    EM in the W & CP Region

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    Published June 29, 2016

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    Innovative Camera Systems Applications for Electronic Monitoring

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    Published June 11, 2016

    Innovative Camera Applications for Electronic Monitoring_Wallace, et al., 2015

    Abstract

    Electronic monitoring has been shown to be an effective tool to meet a variety of fisheries monitoring objectives in compliance-based pro­grams. However, these systems have not been effective in delivering individual fish data similar to information collected by an observer.

    Development of new camera-based systems, methods, and tools is critical for collecting scientific data to inform management. A camera system being developed at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center greatly improves the functionality and addresses many of the limitations of electronic monitoring systems. This system provides the ability to automatically collect length measurements in addition to monitoring for compliance. System capacity to identify and automatically capture high quality (HD) stereo images of catch events, for efficient identification of… Read More »

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    Deployment Performance Review of the 2013 North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program

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    Published June 11, 2016

    Deployment Performance Review of the 2013 North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program_C. Faunce, et al.

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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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