data modernization

Electronic Reporting for all! Catch Reporting in the US Caribbean

“There’s an app for that” has almost become an everyday phrase in our technologically advanced times. In fisheries management, technology has also improved how our seafood catch is reported to local authorities. Traditional paper data collection for fisheries have proven inefficient. Paper surveys require significant staff resources to manually enter information into databases. Electronic logbooks have been around for many years, but not all fisheries, regions or countries use electronic reporting (ER) as the main means for catch reporting.

The US Caribbean was one example. Since 2013, electronic reporting for the region has been piloted with varying success. Efforts to transition from paper reporting to ER have come and gone, but what has remained has been sector-wide support from both… Read More »


Projects in the Field: Implementing EM for Compliance Monitoring in the Bering Sea & Gulf of Alaska Shoreside Pollock Catcher Vessel Fisheries

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 questions and comments are welcome.

Over the course of 2019 and 2020, volunteer vessels from the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska pelagic pollock fisheries are participating in a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grant research project. This project was designed to first assess the efficacy of electronic monitoring for compliance with a full salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) retention requirement aboard pelagic trawl catcher vessels, and second, to identify key decisions related to operationalizing EM for compliance monitoring.

Context: Salmon bycatch… Read More »


EDF Launches Smart Boat Initiative to Help Recover Global Fisheries

New initiative to harness digital revolution to accelerate sustainable networked fisheries

(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 6, 2019) Today at the World Ocean Summit being held in Abu Dhabi, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced the launch of its Smart Boat Initiative designed to accelerate the exploration and adoption of powerful new technologies to greatly improve sustainability, efficiency and profitability in the fishing sector across the globe.

The new initiative focuses on leveraging the technological advances and plummeting costs in sensors, artificial intelligence, broadband communication and data analytics to equip and surround fishing vessels of all sizes with digital tools and infrastructure that can increase sustainability, accountability and transparency in fishing.

“Just as smart phones provided a platform for a wave of… Read More »


NFWF Webinar on Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Program Priorities

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation established its Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (EMR) Grant Program in 2015 to encourage integration of technology into fisheries data collection and observations, and streamlining of data management. Since then, grants totaling over $11 million have supported a wide range of projects to advance e-technology in fishery data collection and data modernization.

NFWF will host a webinar on March 27 from 3 to 4:30pm to provide a review of past projects and priorities for the program. If EMR is in in your wheelhouse—or if you’re interested in designing new data systems or modernizing existing ones—this webinar is a must-attend. Even if you don’t currently have a proposal idea in mind, the webinar will spur some thinking.

Wednesday, March 27th, 3 PM Eastern Register here

NFWF’s partners in the EMR Grants Program include… Read More »


Net Gains Alliance driving modernization of US fisheries information systems; seeks to unleash greater economic, social, environmental benefits

February 21, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) – A new initiative to accelerate modernization, implementation and adaptation of robust information systems to support improved management of ocean resources has just been launched by the Net Gains Alliance (NGA). NGA is working to spur modernization of America’s fisheries information system, an effort viewed as critical by industry and fisheries managers alike for further improving overall management and enhancing environmental, social and economic performance.

United States’ fisheries rely on a robust, science-based process for comprehensive and effective management. The diversity of information needs for fisheries management in the U.S. is increasing, as is the pace at which decisions are needed. Current information management systems can be enhanced to meet these evolving needs. This will help ensure that… Read More »


Gathering Fishery-Dependent Data in the Digital Age

From Kate Wing ( @kwing , the databranch ) comes this tweet, which we can hardly improve upon in introducing her latest project:

“It’s a guide to digitizing fisheries data collection! It’s [finally] ready for your comments! Pls share with your favorite #fish manager.”

So here is Gathering Fishery-Dependent Data in the Digital Age: A guide for managers and scientists .

From Kate’s intro:

Every day, more people are bringing digital data collection tools onboard fishing boats, from personal  mobile phones to systems of integrated cameras and gear sensors. For managers, scientists, fishers, and anyone involved in ocean conservation, this presents opportunities to bring faster, more accurate data into management. This guide is to help you think through which tools might make sense for your fishery, and what questions to ask before adopting them.

Published under… Read More »


NFWF Announces 2018 Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Slate

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration (NOAA) and Kingfisher Foundation announced a 2018 round of funding for Electronic Monitoring and Reporting projects. Fifteen new fisheries conservation grants totaling $3.78 million were awarded, leveraging $5.05 million in match from the grantees and generating a total conservation impact of mree than $8.83 million.

The Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Program helps to integrate technology into U.S. fisheries data collection to improve fisheries management. This year’s projects will implement electronic technologies strategies and modernize data management systems.

Grantees for this funding cycle are based from New England to Western Alaska and from Hawaii to Puerto Rico.

Here is the full grant slate .