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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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    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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