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Chris McGuire



Projected Cost of Providing Electronic Monitoring to 100 Vessels in the New England Groundfish Fishery

Chris McGuire

Published April 15, 2019

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has issued a report to the New England Fisheries Management Council that estimates the expected costs for installing and operating EM systems on one hundred groundfish vessels for three years. Using data from the fishing year 2017 groundfish EM program, TNC contracted with CapLog Group LLC to develop the report’s detailed projections, meant to inform the Council, federal policymakers and other stakeholders as broader roll-out of EM is considered in New England.

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Invitation for Abstract Submissions: ICES Annual Science Conference EM Session

Chris McGuire

Published March 3, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I am co-convening a theme session at the 2018 ICES Annual Science Conference entitled “Electronic monitoring and movement analysis in fisheries: applications of emerging science”. Theme session P abstract is here . The meeting will be held from 24-27 September 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

We welcome abstract submissions from you or your collaborators on relevant projects. Also, please feel free to forward this announcement on to any colleagues who would be interested in contributing.

The ICES ASC 2018 Call for Papers is currently only open until Monday 19 March.

ICES is keen to encourage submissions from Early Career Scientists, and they will be offering travel funds for Early Career Scientists with successful submissions. The criteria and instructions are available here.

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Electronic Monitoring in the New England Groundfish Fishery: Lessons learned from a collaborative research project (2013-2015)

Chris McGuire

Published March 30, 2017

In 2013 Maine fishermen, NGOs and an EM provider began a three-year EM pilot in the New England groundfish fishery.  The premise will sound familiar to others exploring EM: Accurate discard accounting is important for science and management, but is already costly, and is unlikely to get cheaper using only human observers—there must be a better way.

The questions: Could accurate discard information (species and length) be collected using cameras in this fishery? What would it take to do that? And finally; could the price get driven down to a manageable level?  The short answers are yes; takes collaboration; and it depends. For all the details and some comparison data check out the full report.

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