Papers & Presentations

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 – .

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 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 »

Electronic Monitoring in Fisheries Management – WWF Report 2015

WWF commissioned this report as a contribution to the ongoing discussions surrounding the introduction of new CFP regulations including the Landing Obligation and in the interests of addressing some of the potential misconceptions around the use of Remote Electronic Monitoring systems using cameras. Report in PDF


Scottish science applications of Remote Electronic Monitoring

Needle, Dinsdale, B uch, Rui, Catarino, Drewery, Butler; ICES J Mar Sci (2015) 72 (4): 1214-1229 Abstract

Part of the European Union (EU) Common Fisheries Policy revision of 2013 is a commitment to implement a land-all policy, under which the practice of discarding caught fish back into the sea will be forbidden. This measure will be applied first to the pelagic fleet in 2015, with a phased implementation for the demersal fleet between 2016 and 2019. As part of trials to determine the efficacy of a land-all policy for North Sea cod (Gadus morhua L.), Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) systems were installed on seven Scottish demersal vessels in 2008. Vessels were permitted additional days-at-sea and cod quota, and were obliged to land all cod caught in the North… Read More »

Discarding of cod in the Fully Documented Fisheries trials

Ulrich, Olesen, Bergsson, Egekvist, Hakansson, Dalskov, Kindt-Larsen, Storr-Paulsen; ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72: 1848–1860 Abstract

Denmark was the first nation in Europe to promote the use of Fully Documented Fisheries (FDF) through Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) and CCTV camera systems, with pilot schemes in place since 2008. In theory, such a scheme could supplement and even potentially replace expensive control and monitoring programmes; and when associated with a catch quota management (CQM) system, incentivize positive changes in fishing patterns in a results-based management approach. New data flows are, however, required to ensure the practical implementation of such a scheme. This paper reviews the quality of the FDF data collected during 2008–2014 and their potential in strengthening information on cod… Read More »

Electronic Monitoring in the New England Groundfish Fishery: Lessons learned from a collaborative research project (FY2013 – FY2015)

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Executive Summary

In 2013, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA), the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and Ecotrust Canada (‘project partners’) embarked on a three-year pilot project to further the development of electronic monitoring (EM) in the New England groundfish fishery. The overarching goal of the project was to determine if EM technology could be used to collect information on catch and discards that is comparable to existing monitoring and reporting programs in a cost-effective manner. The primary objective was to develop an EM system that could capture high quality video footage for identification of groundfish species and accurate length estimates of individual fish discarded at sea… Read More »

2014 Solomon Islands Tuna Longline E-Monitoring Project

Report on 2014 Solomon Islands Longline E-Monitoring Project


This report by Hosken, et al., summarises the results of a Video Electronic Monitoring project conducted on tuna longline fishing vessels operating in Solomon Islands waters during 2014.

The main objective of the project was to investigate the extent which Video Electronic Monitoring system (E-Monitoring) can record the data normally collected by observers on-board tuna longline vessels based on the required minimum data fields specified under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Regional Observer Programme (ROP).

The project partners were Tri Marine, National Fisheries Developments (NFD), Yi Man Fishing Company, Satlink (the service provider), Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the Secretariat of… Read More »

New England Electronic Monitoring Project Phase 3, April 2015

New England Electronic Monitoring Project Phase III, April 2015 (PDF)

The goal of the New England Electronic Monitoring (EM) Project was to investigate the potential for using EM within the broader Northeast Multispecies Fishery (NE groundfish fishery) catch monitoring program. EM systems are designed for the automated collection of fisheries data while vessels are at sea. They collect high-frequency sensor data and closed-circuit television (CCTV) imagery during fishing or related activities which are then reviewed post-trip to provide data needed for fisheries management, compliance, and/or science.

Phases I and II of the project were completed and documented in 2010-2013 (Pria et. al., 2011, 2012) and laid the initial groundwork for understanding how EM could best be applied in the monitoring needs of the NE groundfish fishery. These results… Read More »

NMFS EM White Papers, 2013

White papers of NMFS and NOAA regarding the implementation of electronic monitoring.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, February 2013.

For-Hire Electronic Logbook Pilot Study, 2013

A pilot study in the Gulf of Mexico testing the efficacy of electronic logbook reporting and self reporting among for-hire fisheries.

Marine Recreational Information Program Operations Team, March 2013.