GMRI RFP for Electronic Monitoring Vendor

  •  GMRI RFP for Electronic Monitoring Vendor

    SUMMARY

    The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and fishermen from the Sustainable Harvest Sector, has secured grant funding to explore the implementation of a maximized retention electronic monitoring (EM) program for the New England groundfish fleet. This RFP seeks the services of an electronic monitoring (EM) provider to provide monitoring for 5-8 large trawl vessels. Project partners are collaborating with NOAA to implement a dockside monitoring component that will work in tandem with the EM component to provide a complete monitoring program of kept and discarded fish. This work is funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

    Project Duration: June 15, 2017 – October 30, 2018  —  Proposals due June 9, 2017

    BACKGROUND

    Over the last five years, NOAA, industry, and the environmental and funding communities have devoted significant effort towards expanding the use of EM as a cost-effective means of achieving data collection objectives and accountability.

    In New England, the two types of EM models are emerging—the audit model and the maximum retention model. Until now, the audit model has received the most attention, and roughly 20 vessels are currently fishing under the audit-based EM model. This model works well for some vessels, particularly fixed gear boats and small trawlers. However, for larger trawlers working with higher volumes, the limitations of the audit model are complex handling protocols on deck and higher data review costs because of the high number of discards. Under the maximized retention EM model, would-be discards would all be landed and accounted for at the dock. Cameras would be used primarily for discard compliance.

    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    Max Retention Rules:

    • The following species must be retained (any species not listed can be discarded): Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Witch flounder, Yellowtail flounder, American plaice, Winter flounder, Redfish, Red Hake, White Hake.
    • All discarded species must be discarded within view of a camera to ensure mandatory retained species are not discarded.
    • Captains must use electronic reporting and enter reports on a daily (haul by haul) basis.
    • Cameras will run on 100% of trips.

    Vessels will run cameras 100% of the time on all trips and 100% of the video will be reviewed. The video will be used for compliance. The film review will focus on species differentiation and the reviewer will need to determine whether mandatory retained species were discarded. No fish measurements are needed.

    Fishing effort will vary depending on quota, market factors, and regulatory changes. Therefore, EM participation and trip projections are merely a framework to develop a proposal and cost estimates and are not a guaranteed number of sector trips or required EM services. The selected provider must be adaptable and capable of either providing services for additional trips or shifting resources elsewhere based on effort.

     GMRI RFP for Electronic Monitoring Vendor