E. Pacific / U.S. West Coast

EDF’s Smart Boat Initiative Releases Requests for Proposals to Engage in Technology Pilots

Environmental Defense Fund recently released Requests for Proposals for four pilot projects based in the Western U.S. and Alaska. These pilots aim to demonstrate the efficiency, efficacy, and practical implications of various ‘smart’ technologies for solving common fishery challenges. Details of the pilots follow:

Underwater Smart Cameras to Enable Real Time Bycatch Avoidance

Point of contact: Christopher Cusack ( ccusack@edf.org )Term: June 1st, 2019 to September 15th, 2019 with possible extensionFull RFP: [ link ]

  • Work with EDF and fishermen partners to design, implement, and test a set of AI tools and physical technologies to improve the automatic identification of real time bycatch in trawl fisheries
  • Analyze existing video footage to quantify the potential of an AI protocol to automatically identify salmon in the Alaska pollock fishery
  • Provide, install, and maintain… Read More »

  • RFP: Machine Vision for Speciation and Enumeration of Discarded Catch in the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Fishery

    EDF is seeking a suitably qualified technology and services provider to work with us and our fishermen partners to design, implement, and test a ‘smart’ catch handling protocol in the West Coast groundfish bottom trawl fishery that focuses on the development of a machine vision algorithm that is capable of identifying and counting discarded species in the fishery. Working with one fisherman partner based out of Warrenton, Oregon, the provider will co-design a catch handling protocol which will enable the integration of a camera-based machine vision system into the process. The project partner already has a working conveyor belt that is part of the existing catch handling process and we therefore expect there to be minimal alteration of this physical… Read More »


    RFP: Underwater Smart Cameras to Enable Real Time Bycatch Avoidance

    Environmental Defense Fund Smart Boat Initiative

    Request for Proposals: 2019 Fisheries Electronic Technology Service Provider UNDERWATER SMART CAMERAS TO ENABLE REAL TIME BYCATCH AVOIDANCE (PHASE 1) DATE: April 17th, 2019 POINT OF CONTACT: Christopher Cusack; ccusack@edf.org

    EDF is seeking a suitably qualified technology and services provider (provider) to work with us and our fishermen partners to design, implement, and test a set of AI tools and physical technologies that improve the automatic identification of real time bycatch in trawl fisheries. This project encompasses the work outlined in phase 1 in the previous section: the proof of concept and efficacy test for the development of AI for the underwater identification of bycatch species entering or passing through a trawl net. We… Read More »


    RFP: Wireless Activity Recognition

    Environmental Defense Fund Smart Boat Initiative

    Request for Proposals: 2019 Fisheries Electronic Technology Service Provider DATE: April 18th, 2019 POINT OF CONTACT: Christopher Cusack; ccusack@edf.org

    EDF is seeking a suitably qualified technology and services provider (provider) to work with us and our fishermen partners to design, implement, and test a set of physical technologies, data management protocols, and data analysis methodologies that improve the efficiency of the data storage, transmission, management, and analysis process on the West Coast of the U.S. Leveraging the existing data management protocol as a point of reference we aim to conduct a rigorous economic (costs, time implications) and technical (accuracy, consistency) comparison of a next generation system, one that includes these three attributes:

    1) Wireless… Read More »


    RFP: Rockfish Hook & Line EM Pilot

    Environmental Defense Fund Smart Boat Initiative

    Request for Proposals: 2019 Electronic Technology Service Provider Rockfish Hook and Line Electronic Monitoring Pilot (Phase 1) Date: April 18, 2019 Point of Contact: Melissa Mahoney, Policy Manager, US Oceans/Pacific; mmahoney@edf.org

    EDF is seeking a provider to install, deploy and service EM systems for a pilot project with small (30’ or less) Open Access or LE Fixed gear vessels in the Monterey Bay area of central California. These vessels are part of an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) approved by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and granted by NOAA Fisheries in January 2019.

    The EFP allows for fishing with mid-water horizontal line gear that is ‘flown’ (trolled) inside an area… Read More »


    Design Considerations to Optimize Monitoring for Canada’s Pacific Region Fisheries

    McElderry, H and Meintzer, P. 2019. Unpublished report prepared for Fisheries and Oceans Canada by Archipelago Marine Fisheries Ltd., Victoria, BC. Canada. 40p.

    Download paper

    Executive Summary

    This paper is intended for the broad community of stakeholders who are involved in the design, implementation, operation, and evaluation of fishery monitoring programs. Although we focus on Canada’s Pacific Region as a case study for this paper, the methodology and observations we present apply to any fishery that is attempting to improve their catch monitoring systems. It is important to clarify that this paper is not intended to judge the adequacy of existing fishery monitoring systems, as we recognize that the choices made are often a trade-off between many factors…. Read More »


    Video: Electronic Monitoring Policy Development

    This is a presentation by Brett Alger, NOAA’s National Electronic Technologies Coordinator, at the September 2018 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Unfortunately the audio is faint in this presentation, so headphones are recommended for listening.

    Brett’s PowerPoint for following along is available here .


    Electronic Monitoring in the U.S. West Coast and Alaska Groundfish Fishery

    A poster prepared and presented by Courtney Palva and Dave Colpo of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission , at the International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference, Vigo, Spain, June 2018.

    Poster download link


    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


    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 »