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 »

NOAA Issues Report from the National Electronic Monitoring Workshop

A diverse group of nearly 100 stakeholders gathered in Seattle in November 2016 to share information on what is working – and what challenges remain – in the implementation and integration of electronic monitoring technologies in fisheries observation.

This Second National EM Workshop was organized and planned by a steering committee of fishermen, managers, scientists, and fishery non-governmental organizations. It served as a follow-up to the First National EM Workshop, held in January 2014, which focused on encouraging the ongoing development of EM technologies.

The workshop featured ten panel discussions, organized both by region (Alaska, Atlantic HMS, Northeast, and West Coast) and topic (Considering Costs; Data Quality, Storage, and Retention; Emerging EM Programs; Program Design and Implementation; EM… Read More »

Electronic Monitoring Expands in Hawaii

EM is now on 19 vessels, spanning multiple fleets based out of Honolulu, with plans to continue expansion!

It has been about 11 months since the first EM system was installed on a Hawaii longline limited entry permitted vessel as part of a pre-implementation initiative. Since then, a total of 19 vessels have volunteered to take EM systems with them on all of their fishing trips. This fleet is split into two different fisheries, a 100% observed swordfish fishery, and a 20% observed tuna fishery. Both fisheries use extremely similar pelagic longline gear. Vessels range from about 50’-100’ and take trips ranging from 3-6 weeks, depending on target species. These EM systems are designed to capture all catch accounting data,… Read More »

Presentations from 2017 AFS Symposium: Emerging Technologies in Fisheries-Dependent Science and Catch Monitoring

Fisheries worldwide are seeking to improve catch data and regulatory compliance while managing costs. Electronic monitoring (EM) has clear potential to meet these challenges by incorporating cameras, sensors and electronic reporting systems into fishing operations. However, program development costs as well as the costs of human video review and video storage present significant barriers to moving EM programs forward.

At the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida in August, a symposium on Emerging Technologies in Fisheries-Dependent Science and Catch Monitoring brought together experts in electronic technologies and automated data processing to examine how ongoing efforts can improve fisheries-dependent data collection. Presenters explored the status and economics of current and developing EM programs; the evolution of EM hardware and software… Read More »

Proceedings of the 8th International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference

Link to Proceedings: 8th-IFOMC-2016-Proceedings

The 8th International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference took place in the Hotel Bahia Resort, San Diego, USA from 29th August to 2nd September, 2016.

The overarching Vision of this meeting was: To develop, promote and enhance effective fishery monitoring programs to ensure sustainable resource management throughout the world’s oceans.

The Mission Statement was: To improve fishery-monitoring programs worldwide through sharing of practices and development of new methods of data collection and analysis. To provide a forum for dialog between those responsible for monitoring fisheries and those who rely upon the data they collect.

The conference was an outstanding success involving 248 participants from 31 countries including representatives from many observer programs from around… Read More »

Update from New Zealand’s big EM rollout: ‘Fishing fraternity lens its weight to camera implementation’

Nelson Mail, August 30, 2017

The cost of rolling out monitoring cameras on their vessels is worrying Nelson’s smaller fishing operators who say the costs of installing them could push a number of them out of business.

Small inshore operators are concerned about the speed in which the government’s vessel monitoring system Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS), which became law in July, is being rolled out without adequate consultation.

Nelson-based inshore fisherman Fin Horder estimated it could cost him $20,000 to install and maintain the equipment. He also had concerns about privacy from being monitored 24 hours a day in a small space.

Horder helped organise a meeting last week to discuss the issues raised by the Ministry… Read More »