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Webinar Video: Designing Machine Learning into EM Programs: Recent advances and insights from two regions

In case you missed it, here’s the recording of our webinar which took place on August 1, 2019 2 PM EST. A big thanks to Brett, Farron, and Mark for their time and participation! We couldn’t get to all the audience questions during the Q&A section, so here are several of those, answered after-the-fact by our presenters: Supplementary Q&A .

Timestamps, for your reference:

Brett Alger, 1:34 Introduction to Electronic Monitoring in U.S. Fisheries

Farron Wallace, 14:30 Innovative Monitoring with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and University of Washington

Mark Hager, 30:52 Building Efficiencies: Successes, Difficulties, and Recommendations from AI Development in the New England Groundfish EM Programs

Q&A Session, 52:00

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Designing Machine Learning into EM Programs: Recent advances and insights from two regions

Please register today and join us for this August 1st webinar.

Commercial fisheries are moving to implement electronic monitoring (EM) for fishery-dependent data collection. Among the substantive barriers for broad-scale implementation, however, are the high costs of video review, transmission, and storage. Currently, EM programs rely on labor-intensive (thus costly) processes, and there is a need to improve the timeliness of data management associated with new EM data streams.

This webinar will examine advances in incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), provide some lessons-learned, and give insights on how to develop AI-friendly EM programs. Drawing on recent developments and examples from Alaska and New England, it will be of interest to fishermen, fishery managers, scientists, data managers, equipment and… Read More »

Job Posting: Video Analyst, New England Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Program

Position Location: Flexible

Start Date: Immediately

Type: PTE – 6 – 12 month contract

Compensation: Competitive rates, commensurate with experience.

Terms of Employment: 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 may be required for this position. 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 previous years, the on-call hours fluctuate with more hours required during April – September.

Position training will take place… Read More »

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 and .

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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 – (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