W. Pacific / U.S. Pacific Islands

Measuring congruence between electronic monitoring and logbook data in Australian Commonwealth longline and gillnet fisheries

Timothy J. Emery, Rocio Noriega, Ashley J. Williams and James Larcombe

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Electronic monitoring (EM) has the capacity to collect fisheries-dependent data to support 
fisheries management decision-making. Following successful pilot studies, EM was 
introduced into several Australian Commonwealth fisheries in 2015, including the Eastern 
Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF) and the Gillnet, Hook and Trap (GHAT) sector of the 
Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF).

We compared two years of EM 
analyst and fisher-reported logbook data from the ETBF and GHAT sector to examine the 
level of congruence in reporting of both retained and discarded catch and protected species 
interactions. In general, congruence between EM analyst and fisher-reported logbook data 
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Cost Recovery Guidelines for Monitoring Services

Cost Recovery Guidelines for Monitoring Services

This report, prepared by MRAG for the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), examines options, and proposes guidelines, for the recovery of costs for electronic monitoring (EM) services in FFA island member country tuna longline fisheries. It has been prepared as a result of increasing interest in how EM, which has largely been financially supported by non-government organizations or development assistance partners to date, may be sustained in the long term.

The extent to which costs may be recovered for any Government service is dependent on policy decisions of the Government or responsible agency. Relevant considerations may include:

  • the extent to which costs… 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 »

    Electronic Monitoring Expands in Hawaii

    EM is now on 19 vessels, spanning multiple fleets based out of Honolulu, with plans to continue expansion!

    It has been about 11 months since the first EM system was installed on a Hawaii longline limited entry permitted vessel as part of a pre-implementation initiative. Since then, a total of 19 vessels have volunteered to take EM systems with them on all of their fishing trips. This fleet is split into two different fisheries, a 100% observed swordfish fishery, and a 20% observed tuna fishery. Both fisheries use extremely similar pelagic longline gear. Vessels range from about 50’-100’ and take trips ranging from 3-6 weeks, depending on target species. These EM systems are designed to capture all catch accounting data,… Read More »

    EM Confirmed as Part of New Zealand’s Fishing Future

    After almost 15 years of small-scale trials, EM is now confirmed as part of New Zealand’s commercial fishing future. The New Zealand Minister for Primary Industries has announced that commercial fishers in New Zealand will soon be electronically reporting their catch, automatically communicating their fishing positions, and operating on-vessel cameras to monitor fishing activities. The new measures will be introduced from 1 October 2017 for electronic catch reporting (ER) and geospatial position reporting (GPR), and phased in from 1 October 2018 for electronic monitoring (EM). Together, the measures comprise IEMRS, New Zealand’s new Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System for the commercial fishing fleet.

    The purpose of the new IEMRS system is to provide verifiable, accurate, integrated and timely data on commercial fishing activity to inform fisheries managers in industry… Read More »

    2014 Solomon Islands Tuna Longline E-Monitoring Project

    Report on 2014 Solomon Islands Longline E-Monitoring Project


    This report by Hosken, et al., summarises the results of a Video Electronic Monitoring project conducted on tuna longline fishing vessels operating in Solomon Islands waters during 2014.

    The main objective of the project was to investigate the extent which Video Electronic Monitoring system (E-Monitoring) can record the data normally collected by observers on-board tuna longline vessels based on the required minimum data fields specified under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Regional Observer Programme (ROP).

    The project partners were Tri Marine, National Fisheries Developments (NFD), Yi Man Fishing Company, Satlink (the service provider), Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the Secretariat of… Read More »