EM Confirmed as Part of New Zealand’s Fishing Future

After almost 15 years of small-scale trials, EM is now confirmed as part of New Zealand’s commercial fishing future. The New Zealand Minister for Primary Industries has announced that commercial fishers in New Zealand will soon be electronically reporting their catch, automatically communicating their fishing positions, and operating on-vessel cameras to monitor fishing activities. The new measures will be introduced from 1 October 2017 for electronic catch reporting (ER) and geospatial position reporting (GPR), and phased in from 1 October 2018 for electronic monitoring (EM). Together, the measures comprise IEMRS, New Zealand’s new Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System for the commercial fishing fleet.

The purpose of the new IEMRS system is to provide verifiable, accurate, integrated and timely data on commercial fishing activity to inform fisheries managers in industry… Read More »

Electonic Monitoring in the West Coast Groundfish Fishery: Summary Results from the California Groundfish Collective Exempted Fishing Permit Project 2015-2016

The California Groundfish Collective, The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund recently released a report on our two year project to implement electronic monitoring in the West Coast groundfish fishery. The report, “Electronic Monitoring in the West Coast Groundfish Fishery: Summary results from the California Groundfish Collective Exempted Fishing Permit Project 2015-16”, is available here .

This initial report, authored by project manager Lisa Damrosch,  summarizes high-level findings and lessons learned from our on-going Exempted Fishing Permit project implementing electronic monitoring in lieu of human observers. The findings detailed in the report may be useful to audiences, and the structure somewhat mirrors the report recently released by our New England colleagues. We continue to work with the Pacific Fishery Management… Read More »

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

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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New Wave of Electronic Monitoring Projects in U.S. Fisheries Highlighted at National Workshop

The second national electronic monitoring workshop was held in Seattle, Washington late last year. Hosted by NOAA Fisheries, the goal was to bring together fisheries monitoring and management experts to share what’s working in EM implementation projects, what’s not, and to develop solutions and paths forward.

The workshop was also a celebration of significant progress taking place. Since the first national workshop held in January 2014, there has been a large scale EM regulatory program implemented in the Atlantic HMS fishery and regulations authorizing EM programs developed through Regional exempted fishing permit and cooperative research projects are scheduled for implementation in 2017 and 2018 in several different fisheries around the country.

These new programs all provide examples of one or more ‘best practices’… Read More »

New Report Highlights Challenges, Opportunities, and Cost-Modeling of Electronic Fisheries Monitoring Programs

One of the keys to effective fisheries management in the 21st century is accountability. Accountability requires having timely and accurate data. Electronic monitoring (EM) is gaining momentum in U.S. fisheries and abroad as an efficient means of meeting accountability requirements. Yet the ‘recipe’ for implementation of EM has not been perfected, and the price tag – and who pays – is not always clear. These challenges partly explain why the rate of uptake has been painfully slow, even as industry increasingly bears the brunt of human observer costs without any cheaper alternatives.

Recognizing the need to better understand the costs associated with EM, EDF’s Pacific team engaged a group of experts – Dr. Gil Sylvia, Dr. Michael Harte and Dr…. Read More »

Four New EM Program Summaries

In preparation for the 2nd National EM Workshop, we have just posted four new EM program summaries to their respective Region pages. They are:

  • Greater Atlantic EM Program Summary, November 2016
  • Atlantic HMS EM Program Summary, November 2016
  • Alaska Regional EM Summary, November 2016
  • West Coast EM Program Summary – November 2016
  • We are expecting 100 people at the workshop, hailing from all the NMFS fishery management regions. We have some folks coming in from Canada, and our furthest traveler is from New Zealand. I look forward to seeing many of you in Seattle, and rest assured we will post videos from the sessions here on EMInfo – just as soon as they are available – as well as a written summary of the workshop and sessions!

    Here is the agenda for the workshop: National EM Workshop Agenda, November 2016


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