Pacific / U.S. West Coast

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 »