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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  — … Read More »

Electronic Monitoring in the New England Groundfish Fishery: Lessons Learned »

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In 2013, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA), the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and Ecotrust Canada (‘project partners’) embarked on a three-year pilot project to further the development of electronic monitoring (EM) in the New England groundfish fishery. The overarching goal of the project was to determine if EM technology could be used to collect information on catch and discards that is comparable to existing monitoring and reporting programs in a cost-effective manner. The primary objective was to develop an EM system that could capture high quality video footage for identification of groundfish species and accurate length estimates of individual fish discarded at sea without drastically changing fishermen’s normal operations.

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DFO considers making on-board cameras a must in N.S., P.E.I. tuna fishery »

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans is considering making onboard surveillance cameras mandatory in the tuna fishery in northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Next week DFO will release to industry its review of a two-year pilot project that saw cameras installed — starting in 2015 — for the first time in a commercial fishery in Atlantic Canada. The rear-facing cameras are aimed only at fishing activity.

The department, which collects and reviews the data, says it may move to full implementation in the Gulf region for the commercial and charter boat catch-and-release bluefin tuna fishery in 2017.

Full article here

Job Posting: Video Analyst in Portland, ME »

Date of posting: January 10, 2017 Position Location: Portland, ME, USA Start Date: Immediately Type: on-call to PTE – 6 – 12 month contract Compensation: Competitive rates, commensurate with experience.

This is a part time on-call position. During peak fishing times the part time position will be based on ~20 hours per week and will require flexible working hours. However, this is only an estimate and may change. Flexible working hours will be required for this position to help service the fleet and review video data. The number of hours per week will depend on the number of vessels fishing on any given week and how much data is collected and retrieved. Based on the program in 2016, the on-call… Read More »

New England Electronic Monitoring Project Phase III »

New England Electronic Monitoring Project Phase III, April 2015 PDF) 

The goal of the New England Electronic Monitoring (EM) Project was to investigate the potential for using EM within the broader Northeast Multispecies Fishery (NE groundfish fishery) catch monitoring program. EM systems are designed for the automated collection of fisheries data while vessels are at sea. They collect high-frequency sensor data and closed-circuit television (CCTV) imagery during fishing or related activities which are then reviewed post-trip to provide data needed for fisheries management, compliance, and/or science.

Phases I and II of the project were completed and documented in 2010-2013 (Pria et. al., 2011, 2012) and laid the initial groundwork for understanding how EM could best be applied in the monitoring needs of the NE groundfish fishery. These results… Read More »

Video equipment installed on Cape fishing boats (Cape Cod Times) »

Cape Cod Times , by Doug Fraser, May 28, 2016

HARWICH, CT — On the Dawn T, commercial fisherman Nick Muto inked “Big Brother” next to a switch that turns on a sophisticated video system that will record everything on deck from the time he leaves the dock to his return.

Between 10 and 20 fishermen from Rhode Island to Maine on Wednesday will flip the switch and turn on the cameras. Three Cape fishermen have had the equipment installed on their vessels, and three more are scheduled to be outfitted.

“We all need to take ownership of what we are doing,” Muto said. “If we want to see a future in fishing, we need more accurate information.”

Video: Video equipment installed on Cape fishermen’s boats

While there… Read More »