EM in the Groundfish and Pacific Halibut Fisheries off Alaska

Council recognizes an implementation milestone has been achieved; sets new objectives

At their meeting in Seattle during February, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) recognized the success of its working group on EM projects and moved to shift its focus from fixed gear applications towards the trawl fleets.

The NPFMC originally formed an EM Workgroup in February 2014 , to create a forum for industry/government joint oversight of the cooperative research program that served as the basis for developing programs for EM integration in federal fisheries off Alaska. The group has since become the primary tool used by the NPFMC to make consistent and ongoing progress with EM. The EM Workgroup provides a space for industry members,… Read More »

Update from New Zealand’s big EM rollout: ‘Fishing fraternity lens its weight to camera implementation’

Nelson Mail, August 30, 2017

The cost of rolling out monitoring cameras on their vessels is worrying Nelson’s smaller fishing operators who say the costs of installing them could push a number of them out of business.

Small inshore operators are concerned about the speed in which the government’s vessel monitoring system Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS), which became law in July, is being rolled out without adequate consultation.

Nelson-based inshore fisherman Fin Horder estimated it could cost him $20,000 to install and maintain the equipment. He also had concerns about privacy from being monitored 24 hours a day in a small space.

Horder helped organise a meeting last week to discuss the issues raised by the Ministry… Read More »

Test Post for Styles

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EM in the Gulf of Mexico

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EM in the Indian Ocean Region

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Alaska’s Small Boat / Longline EM Program

The Program at a Glance


  • Fishery: Alaska Small Boat / Longline
  • Geographic Scope: Southeast, Southcentral and Southwestern waters of Alaska.
  • EM Program Purpose: Discard estimation from EM video footage, validation of seabird deterrent gear deployment.
  • Pilot Project Implementation: 2014-2017
  • Anticipated Program Implementation: 2018
  • Number of Participating Vessels: Up to 60 in 2016 Pilot; up to 90 in 2017
  • Questions and Challenges:
  • Operations: How to estimate at-sea discards directly from EM video rather than through a logbook audit approach.
  • Operations: How to strategically deploy EM units on a fleet that operates over a wide area and for irregular periods of time to obtain good data
  • Operations: Developing cost effective deployment and data retrieval procedures
  • Confidentiality/record-keeping/archiving: Fishermen have questions about confidentiality,… Read More »

  • EM in the W & CP Region

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    Southeast Region (South Atlantic & Gulf Councils)

    Since the National EM Workshop:

  • Final rules were published in December 2013 (South Atlantic) and February 2014 (Gulf of Mexico) requiring headboats to submit weekly electronic logbooks.  Previously headboats were required to submit paper-based logbooks on a monthly basis.  For more information go to:
  • SE Fishery Bulletin: Modifications to South Atlantic Headboat Reporting Requirements
  • SE Fishery Bulletin: Modifications to Gulf of Mexico Headboat Reporting Requirements
  • A final rule was published in April 2014 requiring seafood dealers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic to report purchases of federally managed species on a weekly basis.  These new reporting requirements will become effective on August 7, 2014. More information is available here .
  • In March/April 2014, the Gulf and South Atlantic Councils formed a Technical Subcommittee to begin development of electronic reporting requirements for charter vessels…. Read More »

  • Mobile/Satellite Fisheries Reporting: Fast, Reliable and Cost-Effective

    THORIUM Mobile VMS is a NOAA type-approved technology for VMS and Electronic Data Collection.  It is a global, two-way, real-time product that uses satellite Short Burst Data (SBD) technology.  THORIUM Mobile VMS allows users to connect a smartphone, tablet or any android product via bluetooth, to Iridium’s global satellite network.  Our product includes a mobile application that users install for satellite email, weather reports and electronic forms.  Our proprietary solution allows us to quickly build or edit electronic forms and to deploy them on the user’s smartphone or tablet.  The product is reliable, fast, and inexpensive. Our solution is approved in the U.S. and Canada and is used in fisheries worldwide.  For more information, please visit   www.thoriumvms.com