Experts for W. Pacific / U.S. Pacific Islands

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    Melanie Brown
    Melanie is a Fish and Wildlife Administrator in the Sustainable Fisheries Division, NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Region. She focuses primarily on the development of management measures for federal Pacific Islands fisheries. Melanie is responsible for tracking and reporting regional progress in developing electronic technologies including the use of EM/ER in the Hawaii and American Samoa Longline Fisheries. Melanie is also coordinating with the Pacific Islands Observer Program and the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in the development of electronic technologies for observer reporting, fishery logbooks, and electronic monitoring of catch and interactions with seabirds, marine mammals, and sea turtles.
    Alfred “Bubba” Cook
    Western Central Pacific Tuna Programme Manager
    World Wide Fund for Nature
    WWF-New Zealand
    PO Box 6237, Marion Square
    Wellington 6141, New Zealand
    +64 (0)4 499 2930 / (0)4 499 2954 | m: +64 (0)27 833 0537 Skype: bubbas_law
    As the Western and Central Pacific Tuna Programme Manager for WWF, Bubba focuses on improving tuna fisheries management in the Western and Central Pacific through policy improvements, market tools, and technological innovation. He recently supported a project implementing electronic reporting tablets for observers in the PNA tuna purse seine fishery and is currently pursuing the development of an electronic reporting platform in four key Pacific Island states. He has expertise in EM and has most recently contributed to the development of a UN project in support of EM implementation.
    Mike Gerner
    Mike Gerner
    +61 2 6225 5379
    Manager EM & Observers
    Australian Fisheries Management Authority
    Mike is the manager of the EM and Observer Programs at Australian Fisheries Management Authority. He has been responsible for implementation and management of AFMA's EM program in tuna longline fisheries and southern shark gillnet fishery. EM has been used as a fulltime program for the past 2 years in tuna fisheries and used for monitoring the gillnet fishery since 2010. Mike has been responsible for designing monitoring program using both EM and observers in multiple fisheries across Australia.
    Malo Hosken
    Pacific Community
    Oceanic Fisheries Program
    B.P. D5 | 98848 Noumea, New Caledonia
    Tel: (687) 26 20 00
    Mob: (687) 95 34 97
    Malo Hosken is the Regional E-Reporting Coordinator of the Pacific Community. Since 2013, he has coordinated EM and ER trials in the WCPO convention area, working with National Fisheries Management Authorities in member countries, regional fisheries management organisations, NGOs, fishing companies and technical service providers. Working at SPC since 2009, Malo is committed to multi-stakeholder collaborations towards implementing E-Reporting and E-Monitoring tools that will help achieve sustainable fishing practices for the benefit of all.
    Johanna Pierre
    P.O. Box 35122
    Lower Hutt
    New Zealand 5041
    Johanna is a consultant working for New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries to introduce mandatory electronic catch and geospatial position reporting, and electronic monitoring, across NZ's commercial fishing fleet (about 1,000 vessels). The programme - called IEMRS - the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System - will be phased in over approximately three years. Johanna's other work includes sustainability certifications, fisheries audits, and research and management of the environmental effects of fishing.

    Chris Rodley, CEO and Founder
    Snap Information Technologies Ltd
    Phone: +64-3-548-8365
    Chris is Founder and CEO of Snap Information Technologies Ltd (SnapIT) and has been designing and developing camera hardware for the past 10 years. SnapIT's marine EM systems have been specifically created for harsh fisheries environments. Their focus has now shifted to AI technology in on-vessel systems, so that the process of footage classification and data extraction can begin before the footage leaves the vessel. SnapIT focus on providing value to fishers by making data available for business intelligence as well as compliance purposes.

    Geoff Tuck
    CSIRO Marine Laboratories
    Castray Esplanade, Hobart
    Tasmania, Australia
    Geoff is a population modeller that uses integrated modelling methods to inform and assist the decision making process for marine resource managers with regard to population status, historical and future population impacts, and the consequences of alternative management regimes. His work on both target fish and incidentally caught species (especially albatrosses) has led to an interest in improving the quality, quantity and efficiency of data collection to inform managers. Hence his interest in EM. Geoff is part of a team developing novel tools for the auto detection of catch from on-vessel video footage. See

    Dadong Wang, PhD
    Data61 - CSIRO
    PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710
    T +61 2 9325 3223
    Dr Dadong Wang leads the CSIRO Quantitative Imaging Research Team, which develops and helps bring to market intelligent end-to-end imaging and image analysis solutions. His team is working on automated video analysis for e-Monitoring of fisheries operations, including automated fishing event detection, automated fish species identification, counting and measurement.

    Dadong is an adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Prior to joining CSIRO in 2005, he developed large intelligent systems for monitoring/control for multinational corporations. His research interests include image analysis, computer vision, machine learning, signal processing and software engineering. He has developed automated image analysis solutions with the aim of increasing both quality and quantity of information extracted from multi-dimensional image data.