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Strategic Plan for Electronic Monitoring and Electronic Reporting in the North Pacific »

Please download the strategic plan here (PDF)

This 59-page report was published in April, 2014.

A brief excerpt from the introduction:

We live in a world of great technological advances, many of which are applicable to fisheries monitoring issues, and some that are already in use to support fisheries management in the North Pacific. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) have been on a path of integrating technology into our fisheries monitoring program for many years: we have advanced Electronic Reporting (ER) systems in place for logbook and observer information; we have implemented a variety of monitoring tools like motion-compensated flow scales and Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS); and have integrated video monitoring into several fisheries in… Read More »

2016 will be eventful year for Alaska EM »

Key Takeaway: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has identified 2016 as an initial implementation year for EM for the small boat fixed gear fleet, focusing on putting cameras on those boats that have difficulty taking an observer. These are primarily pot and longline vessels.

Electronic Monitoring Workgroup Meeting Update

At its September 2014 meeting, the Electronic Monitoring Working Group (EMWG) addressed a broad range of substantive issues including:

  • Updates on the 2014 Fieldwork and Video Review as well as the Regional Implementation Plan for Electronic Technologies being developed
  • How to integrate EM into the Observer Program with a focus on the purpose and need, potential draft regulatory alternatives, and key policy and technical decision points.
  • The 2015 Cooperative Research… Read More »