E. Pacific / U.S. West Coast

Video: Electronic Monitoring Policy Development

This is a presentation by Brett Alger, NOAA’s National Electronic Technologies Coordinator, at the September 2018 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Unfortunately the audio is faint in this presentation, so headphones are recommended for listening.

Brett’s PowerPoint for following along is available here .


Electronic Monitoring in the U.S. West Coast and Alaska Groundfish Fishery

A poster prepared and presented by Courtney Palva and Dave Colpo of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission , at the International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference, Vigo, Spain, June 2018.

Poster download link


Current State of Electronic Monitoring in the United States

A presentation by Brett Alger, NOAA Fisheries Electronic Monitoring Coordinator, June 13, 2018. delivered at the Electronic Monitoring Workshop section of the International Fisheries Observing and Monitoring Conference (IFOMC), Vigo, Spain.

Download link:  Current State of Electronic Monitoring in the United States


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 »


Marine Instruments and Archipelago Marine Research Form a Strategic Partnership

In a news release dated June 13, 2017, Archipelago Marine Research (AMR) and Marine Instruments (MI) announced they are now working together to enable ongoing advancement and implementation of Electronic Monitoring (EM) technology around the world:

Marine Instruments brings a strong worldwide presence in the marine industry as well as years of technical innovation in marine electronics. Archipelago pioneered EM technology, and are recognized experts in the design and implementation of EM programs in all fishery types. This business arrangement allows for further advancement of EM technology throughout the world and increased adoption of EM as a viable solution for fisheries monitoring. The formal agreement was signed by both organizations in Victoria, BC, Canada on June 2, 2017.

“The fisheries… Read More »


Electonic Monitoring in the West Coast Groundfish Fishery: Summary Results from the California Groundfish Collective Exempted Fishing Permit Project 2015-2016

The California Groundfish Collective, The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund recently released a report on our two year project to implement electronic monitoring in the West Coast groundfish fishery. The report, “Electronic Monitoring in the West Coast Groundfish Fishery: Summary results from the California Groundfish Collective Exempted Fishing Permit Project 2015-16”, is available here .

This initial report, authored by project manager Lisa Damrosch,  summarizes high-level findings and lessons learned from our on-going Exempted Fishing Permit project implementing electronic monitoring in lieu of human observers. The findings detailed in the report may be useful to eminformation.com audiences, and the structure somewhat mirrors the report recently released by our New England colleagues. We continue to work with the Pacific Fishery Management… Read More »


EM in the U.S. West Coast Groundfish Fishery

Electronic Monitoring on the U.S. West Coast is currently utilized only by participants in the Trawl Individual Quota (ITQ) program. There are three gear groups within the program that are using EM: midwater trawl, bottom trawl and fixed gear.

The ITQ program was implemented in 2011 and the program allocates quota of several groundfish species to individuals to harvest. The fishery occurs off the states of Washington, Oregon and California with the bulk of groundfish landings coming into the state of Oregon. For more general information on the ITQ program itself, please see this page .

There are substantial expenses associated with participating in the ITQ program including the cost of 100% human observation. Compounding the expense of human observers is the fact that… Read More »