North Pacific / Alaska

Implementation of EM on fixed gear vessels in Alaska

A presentation by Jennifer Mondragon describing the process carried out in designing, piloting and implementing an EM program for a fleet of some 1,100 small vessels that target halibut and sablefish. This was presented at the IFOMC in Vigo, Spain, June 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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 »

Implementing EM for the Alaska Pot Cod Fleet

The North Pacific Fisheries Association (NPFA), a fishermen’s organization, and Saltwater Inc., an observer and EM service provider, received funding in 2016 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to implement electronic monitoring (EM) in Alaska’s pot cod fishery.

The project highlights skipper engagement, integration of observers into the EM program, cross training of skilled EM personnel, a streamlined feedback loop between vessels and data, and local data review. A progress report, Implementing EM For Alaska’s Pot Cod Fleet, details key aspects of the program and is available at the link below.

Implementing EM for Alaska’s Pot Cod Fleet

For more information about this implementation, contact Abigail Turner – –  or Nancy Munro – .

Alaska Fish Factor: Preparing to go electric

By Laine Welch, reprinted with permission, Alaska Fish Factor

Automation is coming to Alaska fishing boats in the form of cameras and sensors to track what’s coming and going over the rails.

Starting next year, Electronic Monitoring systems (EM) can officially replace human observers as fishery data collectors on Alaska boats using longline and pot gear. Vessel operators who do not voluntarily switch to EMS remain subject to human observer coverage on randomly selected fishing trips.

The onboard observer requirement originally included vessels 59 feet and larger, but was restructured in 2013 to include boats down to 40 feet and, for the first time, was applied to the halibut fishery.

“Those smaller vessels have had a hard time accommodating human observers so… Read More »