Meetings & Workshops

Report and Presentations from IFOMC EM Workshop

Here is our report-out from the Electronic Monitoring Workshop convened in Vigo, Spain, at the International Fisheries Observation and Monitoring Conference, July 2018. Thanks to everyone who made this workshop such a success. We hope these materials will be of interest to EM/ER practitioners around the world who could not attend in Vigo, as well as those who were!

In addition to the summary report we’ve published below, you may download that report and several other items from the workshop here:

  • IFOMC EM Workshop Introductory Slides
  • Current State of Electronic Monitoring in the United States
  • Guiding Principles for Development of Electronic Monitoring Programs – The BC Groundfish Experience
  • Electronic Monitoring in the U.S. West Coast & Alaska Groundfish Fishery
  • Implementation of EM on fixed gear vessels in Alaska
  • Electronic Monitoring Onboard Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries- Standards & Capabilities
  • Summary Report of IFOMC EM Workshop
  • Electronic Monitoring Workshop Summary Vigo, Spain, July 2018

    Session Conveners: Howard McElderry, Brett Alger, Lisa Peterson, Courtney Paiva, Jennifer Mondragon, Gabriel Gomez

    Workshop Facilitator: Kate… Read More »


    EM on the agenda at AFS Stakeholder Engagement Day in Atlantic CIty

    We thought we’d share this news release from the American Fisheries Society about their upcoming Stakeholder Engagement Day, an opportunity for a one-day, reduced rate admission to the AFS annual meeting in Atlantic City. Electronic monitoring is one of the topics to be covered in this day of collaborative discussions.

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    Tuesday, August 21 is Stakeholder Engagement Day , which will allow fishing and aquaculture industry stakeholders to attend the meeting. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research and issues impacting their industries, and discuss collaborative opportunities with scientists and fishery managers.

    Some of the topics and species that will be covered include: collaborative research, politics in fisheries management, stakeholder engagement, offshore energy development, resource surveys, electronic monitoring, summer flounder, black sea bass, sturgeon, lobster,… Read More »


    Invitation for Abstract Submissions: ICES Annual Science Conference EM Session

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am co-convening a theme session at the 2018 ICES Annual Science Conference entitled “Electronic monitoring and movement analysis in fisheries: applications of emerging science”. Theme session P abstract is here . The meeting will be held from 24-27 September 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

    We welcome abstract submissions from you or your collaborators on relevant projects. Also, please feel free to forward this announcement on to any colleagues who would be interested in contributing.

    The ICES ASC 2018 Call for Papers is currently only open until Monday 19 March.

    ICES is keen to encourage submissions from Early Career Scientists, and they will be offering travel funds for Early Career Scientists with successful submissions. The criteria and instructions are available here.

    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 »


    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 »


    2nd Meeting of the Electronic Reporting and Electronic Monitoring Intersessional Working Group, Bali, August 1-2, 2016

    For information, meeting documents, registration materials and additional information, please see the Working Group’s website .


    2014 National Electronic Monitoring Workshop

    The National Electronic Monitoring Workshop was held January 8-9, 2014 in Seattle, WA.  The workshop was organized by Dorothy Lowman, consultant and Chair of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, who worked with a steering committee of managers, scientists, fishing industry representatives, and conservation interests from around the country.

    See workshop videos and final report below. And for materials from the workshop’s Poster Session, please browse our Posters section.

    The workshop was designed to get people from diverse interests, fisheries, and regions to discuss how to move forward with implementing electronic monitoring in federal fisheries from around the country.  The tone of the planning and workshop was: we know how to do pilot projects; energy now needs to be… Read More »


    WCPFC E-Monitoring and E-Reporting Workshop, April 2014

    This workshop was (and is) supported by a comprehensive website that contains workshop papers, delegation papers, presentations and information papers. Here is a summary report of the workshop: Chair’s Report-E-Monitoring and E-Reporting Workshop.


    August 2016 – 8th International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference, San Diego

    Registrations Now Open!

    Click here to secure your place at the 8th IFOMC 2016 Conference being held 29 August – 2 September 2016 in San Diego, California!

    The International Steering Committee for the 8th International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference 2016 invites all those interested in the sustainability of the world’s fisheries and how we monitor and manage them. It will be a forum where critical issues concerning fisheries observers, observer programs, emerging monitoring technologies and other approaches to fishery dependent data collection and analyses will be discussed.