Atlantic/U.S.East Coast

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

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.

We welcome your questions and comments about this report. Please provide those as comments in the box below, or email the TNC staff directly at geoffrey_smith@tnc.org and cmcguire@tnc.org .

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Projects in the Field: EM Technology Advancements in the New England Groundfish Maximized Retention Program

Projects in the Field is a series of independently produced articles profiling work supported by NFWF’s Electronic Monitoring & Reporting Grant Program, and is meant to raise awareness and support for these important initiatives. As always, your feedback is welcome.

The Gulf of Maine Research institute (GMRI) is committed to developing Electronic Monitoring (EM) into a powerful and affordable fisheries monitoring tool. To date, many electronic monitoring efforts have failed to scale and have not proven cost effective due to technology constraints. Through their Maximized Retention EM Program, GMRI is addressing these constraints by utilizing advanced EM technology in the New England Multispecies Groundfish Fishery.

The Maximized Retention EM Program is designed to improve the timeliness and accuracy of… Read More »


Cape Cod Fishermen and Partners Issue RFP for EM Provider

The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, in partnership with the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and fishermen from the Fixed Gear Sector, Northeast Fishery Sectors XI, V, & III, Maine Coast Community Sector, Northeast Coastal Communities Sector, and Sustainable Harvest Sector, is issuing this Request for Proposals to obtain the services of an electronic monitoring provider to refine and implement an audit-based electronic monitoring (EM) plan in accordance with 50 CFR 648.87(b)(4) Provider Standards issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service for a subset of up to 35 vessels in the New England groundfish fishery. The Alliance has secured grant funding to continue and expand the existing EM Audit Model Pilot Program in 2019-20.

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Comparisons of Recreational Self-Reported Fish Length Data Across Two Different Platforms

A presentation by Brett Fitzgerald with assistance from Kelsey Dick, Chip Collier and Luiz Barbieri; the Snook and Gamefish Foundation; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; and Florida Fish & Game Commission. Delivered at American Fisheries Society, August 2018.

Questions? Contact brett@angleraction.org – (561) 707-8923


Electronic Monitoring Provision Included in International Measures to Conserve Atlantic Shortfin Mako Sharks

Mandatory EM in the U.S. Atlantic pelagic longline fishery provides a benefit over other international longline fleets.

In 2017, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) completed a stock assessment of North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks, finding that the stock was overfished and experiencing overfishing. This stock status was a marked change from the previous assessment and the resulting scientific advice called for a substantial reduction in catches of this species across all ICCAT fisheries. The urgent question facing delegations from the 52 countries participating in the ICCAT annual meeting became, what conservation measures could be adopted to end overfishing of shortfin mako sharks?

A number of delegations, including the United States, worked together to propose conservation measures requiring vessels… Read More »


Solicitation for Electronic Monitoring Cost Assessment

The Nature Conservancy is seeking a contractor to conduct a cost assessment of Electronic Monitoring Systems in the New England Groundfish Fishery.

The New England Fisheries Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service are in the process of updating the groundfish fishery monitoring program through Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery. The purpose of Amendment 23 is to implement measures to improve reliability and accountability of catch reporting and to ensure a precise and accurate representation of catch (landings and discards). Electronic monitoring systems are being considered as a potential monitoring tool to help achieve these desired outcomes. The goal of this project is to provide additional information for fishery managers and other stakeholders on potential costs associated… Read More »


Current State of Electronic Monitoring in the United States

A presentation by Brett Alger, NOAA Fisheries Electronic Monitoring Coordinator, June 13, 2018. delivered at the Electronic Monitoring Workshop section of the International Fisheries Observing and Monitoring Conference (IFOMC), Vigo, Spain.

Download link:  Current State of Electronic Monitoring in the United States


GMRI Position Posting: Electronic Monitoring Project Manager

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a position open for an Electronic Monitoring Project Manager. Please find their announcement below!

List Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

Close Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

JOB TITLE: Electronic Monitoring Project Manager

SUPERVISOR: Technical Programs Manager — Fisheries Technical Assistance Program

TERM: 18 month position, with possibility of renewal subject to funding

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The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood business to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We… Read More »


Notice to EM Service Providers Regarding Opportunities in the Northeast

EM and Observer Vendor Show January 30th in Portsmouth, NH

The Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) are evaluating the utility of Electronic Monitoring (EM) for catch monitoring on mid-water trawl vessels in the Atlantic herring and mackerel mid-water trawl fisheries.  The New England and Mid-Atlantic Councils have been interested in increasing monitoring in the herring and mackerel fisheries.  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is working with the Councils to develop Industry-Funded Monitoring (IFM) through an Amendment in all New England and Mid-Atlantic fisheries (see Status_IFM_Amendment below).  A particular interest in this Amendment is increasing monitoring for the Atlantic herring and mackerel mid-water trawl fisheries due to concerns about bycatch of groundfish… Read More »


NOAA Issues Report from the National Electronic Monitoring Workshop

A diverse group of nearly 100 stakeholders gathered in Seattle in November 2016 to share information on what is working – and what challenges remain – in the implementation and integration of electronic monitoring technologies in fisheries observation.

This Second National EM Workshop was organized and planned by a steering committee of fishermen, managers, scientists, and fishery non-governmental organizations. It served as a follow-up to the First National EM Workshop, held in January 2014, which focused on encouraging the ongoing development of EM technologies.

The workshop featured ten panel discussions, organized both by region (Alaska, Atlantic HMS, Northeast, and West Coast) and topic (Considering Costs; Data Quality, Storage, and Retention; Emerging EM Programs; Program Design and Implementation; EM… Read More »