We just posted a good piece by Laine Welch about the changes coming to Alaska’s longline and pot fisheries. Read it right here .
North Pacific / Alaska
We just posted (November, 2016) a new EM summary on the North Pacific / Alaska Region page .
We just posted an overview of the Small Boat/Longline EM program. Thanks to Dan Falvey and Chris Rilling! Please view it here .
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 »
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: