Meetings & Workshops

‘Save the Date’ for the 3rd National Electronic Monitoring Workshop Series

The 3rd National Electronic Monitoring Workshop Series will engage and educate new participants and foster an environment for collaboration across different fisheries, fishermen and other stakeholders regarding the opportunities and challenges associated with electronic monitoring.

NOAA Fisheries announces two workshops focused on the use and implementation of electronic monitoring (EM) for U.S. fisheries. The first workshop will be held on the east coast with the support of the New England Fishery Management Council on November 13 – 14, 2019 at the Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire.

A second workshop will be held in early 2020 in Seattle, Washington with the support of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Workshop registration will be free and will open… Read More »


Invitation to EDF’s Smart Boat Webinar

The Environmental Defense Fund would like to invite you to participate in a webinar on Monday, April 22nd at 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time to discuss the recent launch of our Smart Boat Initiative .

This webinar will explore our vision for revolutionizing sustainable fishing in the digital age, share lessons learned from testing technologies on the water and provide a glimpse into the Smart Boat Initiative’s next steps.

We are pleased to be joined by Katie McGinty, Senior Vice President of Oceans at EDF; Christopher Cusack, Research and Development at EDF’s Fishery Solutions Center; Johanna Thomas, Interim Director of EDF’s U.S. Oceans Program; and Captain Bob Dooley, veteran commercial fisherman. We will also have a discussion during the webinar and welcome participants to… Read More »


Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies Conference

You have until January 25th to register!

The Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies Conference started with a modest vision to explore and discover the potential of emerging, and potentially disruptive, technologies that could be applied to improve the conservation and management of our world’s fisheries.  While the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) led initial workshops and events, a broad coalition of Industry, Government, and Non-government institutions have come together to make the next event the biggest and best to date. Improvements in technology have almost always changed the world and this will be no different with respect to our oceans.  Are you ready for those changes?

Goals of the SAFET Conference

  • Improve and clarify the understanding of the existing MCS and supply chain… Read More »

  • Report and Presentations from IFOMC EM Workshop

    Here is our report-out from the Electronic Monitoring Workshop convened in Vigo, Spain, at the International Fisheries Observation and Monitoring Conference, July 2018. Thanks to everyone who made this workshop such a success. We hope these materials will be of interest to EM/ER practitioners around the world who could not attend in Vigo, as well as those who were!

    In addition to the summary report we’ve published below, you may download that report and several other items from the workshop here:

  • IFOMC EM Workshop Introductory Slides
  • Current State of Electronic Monitoring in the United States
  • Guiding Principles for Development of Electronic Monitoring Programs – The BC Groundfish Experience
  • Electronic Monitoring in the U.S. West Coast & Alaska Groundfish Fishery
  • Implementation of EM on fixed gear vessels in Alaska
  • Electronic Monitoring Onboard Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries- Standards & Capabilities
  • Summary Report of IFOMC EM Workshop
  • Electronic Monitoring Workshop Summary Vigo, Spain, July 2018

    Session Conveners: Howard McElderry, Brett Alger, Lisa Peterson, Courtney Paiva, Jennifer Mondragon, Gabriel Gomez

    Workshop Facilitator: Kate… Read More »


    EM on the agenda at AFS Stakeholder Engagement Day in Atlantic CIty

    We thought we’d share this news release from the American Fisheries Society about their upcoming Stakeholder Engagement Day, an opportunity for a one-day, reduced rate admission to the AFS annual meeting in Atlantic City. Electronic monitoring is one of the topics to be covered in this day of collaborative discussions.

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    Tuesday, August 21 is Stakeholder Engagement Day , which will allow fishing and aquaculture industry stakeholders to attend the meeting. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research and issues impacting their industries, and discuss collaborative opportunities with scientists and fishery managers.

    Some of the topics and species that will be covered include: collaborative research, politics in fisheries management, stakeholder engagement, offshore energy development, resource surveys, electronic monitoring, summer flounder, black sea bass, sturgeon, lobster,… Read More »


    Invitation for Abstract Submissions: ICES Annual Science Conference EM Session

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am co-convening a theme session at the 2018 ICES Annual Science Conference entitled “Electronic monitoring and movement analysis in fisheries: applications of emerging science”. Theme session P abstract is here . The meeting will be held from 24-27 September 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

    We welcome abstract submissions from you or your collaborators on relevant projects. Also, please feel free to forward this announcement on to any colleagues who would be interested in contributing.

    The ICES ASC 2018 Call for Papers is currently only open until Monday 19 March.

    ICES is keen to encourage submissions from Early Career Scientists, and they will be offering travel funds for Early Career Scientists with successful submissions. The criteria and instructions are available here.

    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 »


    Proceedings of the 8th International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference

    Link to Proceedings: 8th-IFOMC-2016-Proceedings

    The 8th International Fisheries Observer & Monitoring Conference took place in the Hotel Bahia Resort, San Diego, USA from 29th August to 2nd September, 2016.

    The overarching Vision of this meeting was: To develop, promote and enhance effective fishery monitoring programs to ensure sustainable resource management throughout the world’s oceans.

    The Mission Statement was: To improve fishery-monitoring programs worldwide through sharing of practices and development of new methods of data collection and analysis. To provide a forum for dialog between those responsible for monitoring fisheries and those who rely upon the data they collect.

    The conference was an outstanding success involving 248 participants from 31 countries including representatives from many observer programs from around… Read More »


    2nd Meeting of the Electronic Reporting and Electronic Monitoring Intersessional Working Group, Bali, August 1-2, 2016

    For information, meeting documents, registration materials and additional information, please see the Working Group’s website .