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Projects in the Field: Electronic Monitoring for Alaska’s Pot Cod Fishery

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.

In 2018 electronic monitoring (EM) was fully implemented in Alaska’s pot cod fishery, and fishermen, for the first time, could choose between carrying an EM system or an onboard observer to collect the data required to manage the fishery.   This is the story of how industry got the EM program they wanted, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) got the data they needed.

The North Pacific Fisheries Association (NPFA) is a fishermen’s organization that represents the interests… 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 »


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 .