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.

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From Hook to Cook – How Electronic Monitoring Can Be Valuable for Fishermen and Consumers

Poster by: TJ Tate, Jason DeLaCruz, Eric Brazer Download poster file

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance believes that stewardship and leadership are key to a successful fishery. They understand that without healthy fish populations, fishing businesses will suffer and the American public loses the opportunity to eat fresh, sustainably caught fish. The fishermen of the Shareholders’ Alliance are bringing cutting-edge technology to their wheelhouse by using electronic reporting systems and voluntary video monitoring to improve the quality of fisheries science and the ability to make the most effective real-time decisions on the water. They believe that cameras are one tool that can improve accountability in fisheries management and stock assessments.

But accountability doesn’t stop there. On land, these responsibly-harvested fish… Read More »

Standards for Electronic Fishery Information Solutions

Poster by: Gil Sylvia, Oregon State University Download poster file

Fisheries are evolving toward greater collaboration and self-governance in response to mandates for sustainability, catch shares, cost recovery and environmentally responsible fishing operations. These drivers, together with rapidly improving technologies, are increasing the demand for fast, reliable, and innovative systems for collecting, storing, communicating, and sharing fisheries data.   Efficient, comprehensive, and cost effective eFIS systems can generate significant value to the industry, science, and management communities, but only if incentives are aligned, costs and benefits shared, and transparent and especially, rational standards developed. Achieving these goals is particularly challenging in the U.S. since the U.S. currently does not have consistent national standards for fishery data. Data monitoring systems are developed and implemented at… Read More »

Creating Knowledge Using Integrated Electronic Fishery Information Systems—Concepts from FishTraxTM

Poster by Gil Sylvia and Pete Lawson, Oregon State University Download poster file

Electronic fishery monitoring, observing, and more generically “information systems” can have multiple functions depending on their design.  Besides use for fishery regulation, these systems can have applications as “knowledge-based fishery tools”.   If comprehensively designed  they can utilize the same core data to serve multiple audiences, protect privacy, and share costs and benefits.   Fish TraxTM  ( and )  is a recently developed electronic fishery information system designed to generate integrated and comprehensive data – and to translate that data into information and knowledge.

Fish TraxTM was designed to support using data developed from small vessel operations for application in science, marketing, vessel operations, fleet management, resource management, and public relations and… Read More »

iSnapper: Smartphone technology for fishery data collection

Poster by: Gregory W. Stunz, Ph.D., Texas A&M Download poster file

One of the most difficult aspects of fisheries management is the ability to collect timely, quality fisheries-dependent data from the private sector.  The lack of data from recreational anglers (including private anglers, head boats, and for-hire) is concerning because without readily available and robust data, managers may be hindered in the decision making process.

This data gap is particularly problematic under potential new regional management scenarios in the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper requiring in-season catch rates.  Thus, the overall goal of was to develop a smartphone application (“app”) through cooperation of scientists, managers, and fishermen and test the feasibility of its use as an electronic logbook.  The… Read More »

eCatch: An electronic logbook and reporting system used by the California Risk Pool

Poster by Melissa Stevens, The Nature Conservancy Download poster file

eCatch is a tool developed by The Nature Conservancy that provides a simple way for fishermen to collect, map and share their fishing information. It evolved from The Conservancy’s work in Morro Bay, California. In that project we quickly realized that one of the most difficult aspects of fisheries management is the collection of good data, particularly location data, in a manner that would allow for in-season adaptive management. We built eCatch to address this problem.

Knowing where fishing by-catch events occur is one way to avoid problems in the future. We designed eCatch to give captains an easy way to capture the location of OFS events, visualize them… Read More »

1fish2fish™: Full scale implementation of an electronic fishery data collection and reporting tool

Poster by: Shawn Stebbins, Archipelago Marine Research, Ltd. Download poster file

Archipelago’s dockside monitoring programs are required to collect, enter and validate dockside landings data in a timely manner (within 48 hours) in order to meet contractual obligations and facilitate in season fisheries management activities required for individual quota fisheries.  Archipelago has developed a unique digital application (1fish2fish™) to capture and process shoreside fisheries observer data. This application has been implemented in all groundfish shoreside observer programs in BC successfully logging data at over 2200 commercial offloads in 2013.

The application allows dockside observers to collect and enter electronic data in the field and automatically complete and verify the calculations required. This initiative has saved time on the dock… Read More »

Fisheries Monitoring Roadmap

Poster by: Sarah McTee O’Brien Download poster file

Fishery management goals that require accurate accounting of annual catch levels are increasing the need for robust fishery-dependent data.  Limited financial resources to support fisheries monitoring underscore the importance of cost efficiency and transparency in the use of government funds and industry fees.  Fisheries managers and industry stakeholders interested in optimizing the economics of their monitoring programs are encouraged to evaluate tools currently used to meet monitoring objectives, explore how those tools can be best utilized optimized, and determine the appropriateness of new or additional monitoring approaches, including electronic monitoring (EM) and electronic reporting (ER) tools.

Modifying a fishery monitoring program to include new sources of data or data collection tools… Read More »

The US Shore-based Whiting EM program 2004 to 2010: What did we learn?

Poster by: Howard McElderry, Archipelago Research Ltd. Download poster file

The US shore-based whiting (Merluccius productus) midwater trawl fishery is a high volume spring/summer fishery operating off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and northern California, consisting of ~30 vessels making day fishing trips.  Total removals are estimated from landed catch and no discards are permitted.  Full retention regulations were monitored from 2004 to 2010 using Electronic Monitoring, with each vessel equipped with closed circuit television cameras, GPS, winch and hydraulic sensors.  Over the seven year monitoring program, EM system sensor and image data collection success exceeded 96% for most years. Early monitoring results provided a clearer understanding of fishing practices, providing a more realistic policy on permissible levels of… Read More »

Electronic Monitoring Project in the Northeastern United States

Poster by: Amy Martins, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Download poster file

The National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Fisheries Sampling Branch (FSB) of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) is conducting a pilot study in conjunction with Archipelago Marine Research Ltd., to investigate the utility of Electronic Monitoring (EM) technology as a monitoring tool in the Northeast Multispecies Fishery.  The NMFS is researching acceptable monitoring alternatives to explore the most advanced technology available to meet industry coverage levels and needs (e.g., real time data to manage catch allocation).  Monitoring is expected to become an industry responsibility in 2014 and EM has been proposed as a monitoring option to traditional data gathering and catch monitoring methods.   The study includes three phases: building local… Read More »