Videos

Gulf of Maine Explained: Electronic Monitoring

From the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

It’s easy to imagine fishing as a Wild West landscape, with fishermen heading out to sea, catching as many fish as they can, and selling them all back at the dock in a straightforward process.

In reality, fishing in the Gulf of Maine is a complex, heavily-regulated industry. Federal fisheries managers set strict limits for how much fish can be harvested in a given year. Fishermen in New England are then required to report their catch data to ensure they don’t exceed these limits. The catch is also monitored by human observers — people who ride along with the fishermen to verify their catch data.

Monitoring is important, but human… Read More »


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 »


2014 National EM Workshop Video: Plenary Session 3 – Implementation and Integration

Moderator: Martin Lofflad, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Speakers discuss ingredients for success and key considerations based on expertise in both U.S. fisheries and programs in other countries.


2014 National EM Workshop Video: Plenary Session 2 – Goal Setting and Design

Moderator: Dorothy Lowman, Lowman and Associates

Part 2: A panel discussion continues to explore key considerations from the perspective of management, science, enforcement, legal, industry, and service provider perspectives.


2014 National EM Workshop Video: Plenary Session 1 – Goal Setting and Design

Part 1: A two-speaker session focused on ingredients for success and key considerations when developing an EM program.


2014 National EM Workshop Video: Plenary Session 4 – Introduction to Final Breakouts

John Henderschedt introduces the final breakout sessions of the EM workshop.


2014 National EM Workshop Video: Plenary Session 5 – Wrap Up, Next Steps & Q&A

A discussion of next steps to be taken in electronic monitoring, along with a roving mic Q & A session that wrapped up the Seattle workshop.


2014 National EM Workshop: Opening Remarks by Sam Rauch

Opening Remarks by Sam Rauch, NOAA Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries.