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Developing EM for trawl fisheries off Alaska

NPFMC pleased with first steps of EM development for trawl catcher vessels in the North Pacific

At their meeting in Kodiak during June, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) received its first report from their new trawl Electronic Monitoring (EM) Workgroup. The EM Workgroup was reconstituted this April, to reflect a shift in focus from implementing EM on fixed gear vessels to developing EM on trawl catcher vessels in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

The group was also renamed the ‘ EM Committee .’

To guide development of an EM program for trawl catcher vessels, the NPFMC adopted preliminary trawl EM objectives focused on:

  • improving salmon bycatch accounting;
  • reducing monitoring costs; and,
  • improving the overall quality of monitoring data.
  • Over time, trawl EM… Read More »


    The Fish Tech Groups List

    Our thanks to consultant/collaborator/facilitator Kate Wing, who has provided us with a master list of companies and organizations involved in fish tech . The list is available as a Google Sheet and will be updated regularly.

    Much of Kate’s work can be found at the databranch , a home she created for interdisciplinary conservation projects. She is also a coauthor – with fellow consultant Dorothy Lowman – of Modernizing U.S. Fisheries Data & Information Systems .

    About this list, Kate says, “It’s somewhat subjective in the interest of readability, and of course there is lots of tech you can use for fisheries that’s not expressly designed for fisheries and so not on this list. If you have additions or corrections, please send them my way.”

    You can reach Kate here by email , and @kwing on Twitter.


    A busy conference calendar as 2018 rolls on

    Three major events are coming up that our readers might be interested in. Here’s the lineup for June-September, and if you’re aware of others we’ve missed, please drop us a line!

    International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference in Vigo, Spain

    Running from June 11-15, IFOMC is billed as “the premier international forum for working on the critical issues of fisheries observer programs, emerging monitoring technologies, and other approaches to fishery-dependent data collection and analyses.” The event’s primary sponsor this year is Marine Instruments, and the international steering committee roster can be found here . The conference program describes ten different panels or workshops devoted to monitoring issues.

    American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Slated for August 19-23, AFS 2018 will include a symposium chaired by Brett Alger, Electronic Reporting to Improve Catch Monitoring in Recreational Fisheries . The two-day symposium will convene stakeholders to… Read More »


    GMRI Position Posting: Electronic Monitoring Project Manager

    The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a position open for an Electronic Monitoring Project Manager. Please find their announcement below!

    List Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

    Close Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

    JOB TITLE: Electronic Monitoring Project Manager

    SUPERVISOR: Technical Programs Manager — Fisheries Technical Assistance Program

    TERM: 18 month position, with possibility of renewal subject to funding

    OVERVIEW

    The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood business to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We… Read More »


    It’s a New Day

    Meet Chris Brown, a Point Judith, RI fisherman adopting game-changing technology to make his catch more sustainable. View video here .

     


    EM in the Groundfish and Pacific Halibut Fisheries off Alaska

    Council recognizes an implementation milestone has been achieved; sets new objectives

    At their meeting in Seattle during February, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) recognized the success of its working group on EM projects and moved to shift its focus from fixed gear applications towards the trawl fleets.

    The NPFMC originally formed an EM Workgroup in February 2014 , to create a forum for industry/government joint oversight of the cooperative research program that served as the basis for developing programs for EM integration in federal fisheries off Alaska. The group has since become the primary tool used by the NPFMC to make consistent and ongoing progress with EM. The EM Workgroup provides a space for industry members,… Read More »


    Education key to electronic reporting, monitoring systems

    NEW BEDFORD — In a perfect world, Steve Kennelly sees the New England Fishery transitioning to electronic reporting within the next year.

    “There’s no reason why that group can’t be formed pretty soon,” the director of IC Independent Consulting said.

    The next step would be implementing electronic monitoring within 3 to 4 years.

    “It’s silly to talk anywhere beyond five years out” because of how fast technology continues to evolve, Kennelly said.

    The New England Fishery Management Council, which concluded two days of meetings on Wednesday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, resides in an imperfect world, though.

    Some of the research presented by Kennelly and Mark Hager, of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, was based on establishing electronic reporting and… Read More »


    IFOMC Organizers Meet to Review Abstracts

    February, 6, 2018: In preparation for its June conference in Vigo, Spain, the steering committee of the International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference (IFOMC) meet this week to review more than 200 abstracts received. They will then select speakers for the conference and finalize its program. “We are very happy with the participation and we expect a high attendance” states Gabriel Gómez Celaya, general manager of the Spanish company Marine Instruments and member of the steering committee.

    According to a news release issued by Marine Instruments, the IFOMC will last five days with panel sessions, scientific posters and workshops. In Vigo, the Landing Obligation will play a special role, with a full-day workshop to discuss its implications at a European… Read More »


    NFWF Announces More Than $3.59 Million in Grants from the Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Program

    Foundation awards 12 grants to improve fisheries data collection, storage, and management 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 9, 2017) – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced more than $3.59 million in grants to implement voluntary and cost-shared electronic monitoring and reporting programs and data system developments in fisheries in 12 states and two U.S. territories. The grants will generate more than $3.15 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of more than $6.75 million.

    The grants were awarded through the Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (EMR) Grant Program, a partnership between NFWF, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Kingfisher Foundation. This year’s projects will modernize fishery… Read More »


    Notice to EM Service Providers Regarding Opportunities in the Northeast

    EM and Observer Vendor Show January 30th in Portsmouth, NH

    The Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) are evaluating the utility of Electronic Monitoring (EM) for catch monitoring on mid-water trawl vessels in the Atlantic herring and mackerel mid-water trawl fisheries.  The New England and Mid-Atlantic Councils have been interested in increasing monitoring in the herring and mackerel fisheries.  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is working with the Councils to develop Industry-Funded Monitoring (IFM) through an Amendment in all New England and Mid-Atlantic fisheries (see Status_IFM_Amendment below).  A particular interest in this Amendment is increasing monitoring for the Atlantic herring and mackerel mid-water trawl fisheries due to concerns about bycatch of groundfish… Read More »