Papers & Presentations

NMFS Policy Directive: Policy on Electronic Technologies and Fishery-Dependent Data Collection, May 2013

Outline of policy around the management of electronic monitoring.

National Marine Fisheries Service, May 2013.


NMFS EM Strategic Plan in the North Pacific, June 2013

Strategic plan of the intended goals and objectives of NMFS.

NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center, June 2013


NMFS Guidance and Best Practices for EM and ER, August 2013

Advice and best practices for electronic monitoring in federally managed fisheries.

National Marine Fishery Service, August 2013


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 »


Northeast Electronic Monitoring Workshop: Summary Report (October 2014)

Northeast Electronic Monitoring Workshop – Summary Report Electronic_Monitoring_Northeastern_U.S. (PDF)

This is the final report from the May 2014 Northeast Electronic Monitoring Workshop, hosted by The Nature Conservancy and NOAA Fisheries, with support from the New England Fishery Management Council.

Laura Taylor Singer, SAMBAS Consulting LLC October 2014


2015 AFS EM Symposium: Principles of Fishery Program Reporting Design – M. Brady

PDF: Principles of Fishery Reporting System Design_M. Brady

Abstract: Fishery reporting systems accept human input via multiple subsystems, where the subsystems are reporting on the same event, a fishing trip. Human data input presents challenges to the designer as a common source of error and excessive burdens on human reporters. Using multiple subsystems to report on the same event can result in redundancies, inconsistency, and trip matching errors. Furthermore, human data input and multiple reporting subsystems can interact in a way that propagates additional errors within the system. This presentation provides a set of design principles for managing human data input and design principles for proper integration of reporting subsystems. Reporting systems based on these principles are simpler, more efficient, and far more accurate.


2015 AFS EM Symposium: Red Herrings – Looking Outside Fisheries For Insights On Data Management – K. Wing

PDF: Red Herrings- Looking Outside Fisheries For Insights On Data Management_K. Wing

Abstract: Integrating data collected through new technologies, like electronic monitoring or reporting systems presents, fishery managers with a host of new challenges. Data validation, reconciling multiple information streams, and balancing public transparency requirements with privacy concerns are not issues unique to fisheries.

How have financial managers, law enforcement, hospitals, and the IRS handled similar challenges as they built out new systems to meet compliance requirements, improve efficiency, provide public access, and create interfaces for customers and software developers? This presentation will explore lessons in data modernization from other fields and recommend next steps for improving state, regional, and federal fisheries information systems.


2015 AFS EM Symposium: Integrating EM and Other Data Into a Modernized Fishery Dependent Data System – D. Christel

PDF: 2015 AFS EM Symposium – Integrating EM and Other Data into a Modernized Fishery Dependent Data System_D. Christel

Abstract: The needs/uses of fishery dependent data have changed over the past 20 years, yet data collection, storage, and analytical processes have remained relatively static. Emerging data needs require a reexamination of existing collections and processes to provide more detailed, integrated, and timely data for all stakeholders. In 2013, the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office began an effort to modernize the regional fishery dependent data system by identifying the existing and anticipated data needs/uses of all data stakeholders.

By separating the needs and uses from collection mechanisms, data streams were emphasized instead of data collection mechanisms. This approach helped identify ways to reduce redundancy, increase accuracy, and overcome procedural and technical limitations… Read More »


2015 AFS EM Symposium: EM from a NPFMC Perspective (Powerpoint)

Powerpoint: 2015  AFS EM Symposium-Electronic Monitoring From a NPFMC Perspective – B. Tweit

Abstract: No abstract is available for this presentation.


2015 AFS EM Symposium: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Rockfish: Human‐Based Video Review in a Hardware‐Focused World

PDF: 2015 AFS EM Symposium-One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Rockfish- Human-­‐Based Video Review in a Hardware-­Focused World_C. Donovan

Abstract: Electronic monitoring has recently become an important topic in commercial fisheries. While most discussions tend to focus on the hardware and management aspects, it seems easy to overlook a crucial element of any electronic monitoring program: the point at which data are captured during the human conducted review of collected video and sensor data. Specialized software is important for expediting the review of raw video data since the integrated features and efficiency of the software affect the resulting review times, and therefore the cost of review, as well as overall data quality. Pre-analysis review of electronic monitoring data could be improved by further research and development of specialized software, and attempts to solve the already existing problems… Read More »