Saturday, 23 December 2017

NOAA Issues Report from the National Electronic Monitoring Workshop

Time we had a conference along the same lines in the UK so that the thousands of 'catch data managers' (ie skippers) get to own and control their fishing data to give a much more accurate assessment of stock levels for quota and non-quota species and #takebackcontrol !

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 Program Enforcement and Compliance; and a workshop wrap-up).

The report includes:

A technical report summarizing the discussions and top successes, best practices, and challenges as identified by the individual participants.
A detailed transcript of the discussions and summary of EM program information by region.
Videos of the panel discussions.
A fact sheet outlining key takeaways from from the workshop.
All of us associated with would like to thank the workshop’s steering committee and everyone involved in the preparation of this report.

Download Second National Electronic Monitoring Workshop Report

Links to overviews and written summaries of all the workshop panel sessions are available in the report itself, but we are also linking the panel videos here for your convenience: