Papers & Presentations

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.

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