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Hawaii Longline Electronic Monitoring Video Review

June 16, 2017

Background Information

The Hawaii longline fishery, which is comprised of deep-set and shallow-set components, is managed under the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s Pacific Pelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP). Through regulations promulgated under the FEP, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) monitors the Hawaii longline fishery through logbook and observer data. There are around 140 vessels operating in the fleet. The use of the video monitoring was first tested in the fleet in 2009/2010. In early 2017, NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) has installed 6 Hawaii longline vessels with video monitoring equipment as part of a larger initiative to phase-in more… Read More »

Nathan Guy: Big reforms coming for fisheries industry »

There has been a lot of talk on commercial fishing issues over the last 12 months but much of it has overlooked probably the biggest reforms ever seen in New Zealand’s history.

This year we are going to see world-leading technology rolled out onto every commercial fishing vessel in the country, starting with vessel monitoring (similar to GPS) and electronic reporting from October 1.

This will be followed by cameras on every vessel beginning on October 1 next year, giving us arguably the most transparent and open commercial fishery anywhere in the world.

It will mean every fishing vessel can be monitored at all times, no matter where they are, and any illegal activity cracked down upon.

Commercial fishers have taken… Read More »