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Job Posting: Video Analyst, New England Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Program

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Published April 22, 2019

Position Location: Flexible

Start Date: Immediately

Type: PTE – 6 – 12 month contract

Compensation: Competitive rates, commensurate with experience.

Terms of Employment: This is a part time on-call position. During peak fishing times the part time position will be based on ~20 hours per week and will require flexible working hours. However, this is only an estimate and may change. Flexible working hours may be required for this position. The number of hours per week will depend on the number of vessels fishing on any given week and how much data is collected and retrieved. Based on the program in previous years, the on-call hours fluctuate with more hours required during April – September.

Position training will take place… Read More »

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Projects in the Field: EM Technology Advancements in the New England Groundfish Maximized Retention Program

Mark Hager

Published April 3, 2019

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 feedback is welcome.

The Gulf of Maine Research institute (GMRI) is committed to developing Electronic Monitoring (EM) into a powerful and affordable fisheries monitoring tool. To date, many electronic monitoring efforts have failed to scale and have not proven cost effective due to technology constraints. Through their Maximized Retention EM Program, GMRI is addressing these constraints by utilizing advanced EM technology in the New England Multispecies Groundfish Fishery.

The Maximized Retention EM Program is designed to improve the timeliness and accuracy of… Read More »

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For-Hire eVTRs in the Mid-Atlantic

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Published October 15, 2018

For-Hire eVTRs in the Mid-Atlantic

A presentation by Jason Didden, from American Fisheries Society meeting, 2018. This presentation describes development of the program that is now in effect, along with lessons-learned.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, beginning March 2018, vessels that hold Federal party or charter permits for species managed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be required to submit electronic vessel trip reports (eVTRs) for all trips carrying passengers for hire. These eVTRs must be submitted through a NOAA-approved eVTR software application within 48 hours of reaching port following the end of a fishing trip.

Vessels with Federal charter or party permits for Atlantic mackerel, squid, butterfish, summer flounder, scup, black sea bass,… Read More »

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2015 AFS EM Symposium: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Dockside Monitoring Using an Electronic Monitoring System in the Maryland Blue Crab Fishery

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Published June 29, 2016

PDF: 2015 AFS EM Symposium-Evaluating the Effectiveness of Dockside Monitoring Using an Electronic Monitoring System in the Maryland Blue Crab Fishery_H.W.Slacum

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Self-reporting is a common method to document harvest, but the accuracy of reported harvest is uncertain without independent methods of harvest verification. General documentation errors, forgetfulness and intentional misreporting are common problems and can profoundly impact the accuracy of reported harvest. As mobile accessible electronic reporting systems become more prevalent they have the potential to improve the timeliness and accuracy of self-reported harvest. However sources of misreporting and incentives to misreport will continue unless techniques are in place to evaluate reporting accuracy and report compliance. Independent verification techniques such as at-sea observers, dockside monitoring and dealer reporting can be implemented to establish crosschecking and auditing of selfreported data and to increase incentives for industry to provide accurate… Read More »

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New England Electronic Monitoring Project Phase III

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Published June 11, 2016

New England Electronic Monitoring Project Phase III

The goal of the New England Electronic Monitoring (EM) Project was to investigate the potential for using EM within the broader Northeast Multispecies Fishery (NE groundfish fishery) catch monitoring program. EM systems are designed for the automated collection of fisheries data while vessels are at sea. They collect high-frequency sensor data and closed-circuit television (CCTV) imagery during fishing or related activities which are then reviewed post-trip to provide data needed for fisheries management, compliance, and/or science.

Phases I and II of the project were completed and documented in 2010-2013 (Pria et. al., 2011, 2012) and laid the initial groundwork for understanding how EM could best be applied in the monitoring needs of the NE groundfish fishery. These results… Read More »

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Electronic Monitoring Project in the Northeastern United States

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Published January 3, 2014

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 »

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Electronic Monitoring: A promising alternative to At-Sea Monitoring in the New England Groundfish fishery

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Published January 3, 2014

Poster by: Long, et al. GMRI, Ecotrust, The Nature Conservancy Download poster file

Recent U.S. federal budget cuts and looming industry cost sharing mechanisms have developed a need to explore more cost effective and sustainable alternatives to at-sea monitoring in New England’s groundfish fishery.  Electronic monitoring has proven to be a successful alternative in areas such as British Columbia’s groundfish fishery, and has gained attention across New England through recent developments from the National Marine Fisheries Service and the New England Fishery Management Council.  Despite these efforts, further research is needed to operationalize catch-handling protocols for effective data analysis, along with affordable methods to successfully implement electronic monitoring in New England’s groundfish fishery.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute, along with… Read More »

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