Operationalizing Open-Source Electronic Monitoring in New England Groundfish Sectors: Is the Future of Monitoring More Cost Effective than the Past? Public Deposited

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  • Electronic monitoring (EM) systems hold promise for the future collection of fishery-dependent data, either to supplement human at-sea observers or replace them. Several pilot studies have been conducted on EM in the New England groundfish fleet, though there are still on the water operational and shore-side protocols to further test and refine, not to mention the lack of guiding policy around an EM program for the groundfish fleet. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Ecotrust Canada, along with the Maine Coast Community Sector and The Nature Conservancy are entering the third year of a collaborative project to operationalize EM systems on gillnet and trawl vessels in groundfish sectors. The focus of the systems in the first two years has been to obtain species IDs and weights (from lengths) from the video to validate captain’s estimates of the same data in their haul-by-haul log. In Year 3, we are collaborating with NMFS to develop an EM project in fishing year (FY) 2015 that will continue to test proof of concept for a fully operational system in FY 2016 that would replace sector at-sea monitors (ASMs). The groundfish fleet may have to fund ASMs as early as FY2015, and there is a need for a more cost-effective alternative to human observers. This project has been designed with the industry cost-limitations in mind, and depending on the ultimate program requirements for EM, may prove some cost savings to fishermen, but what are the trade-offs?
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  • Joyce, Jessica and Amanda Barney. 2015. Operationalizing Open-Source Electronic Monitoring in New England Groundfish Sectors: Is the Future of Monitoring More Cost Effective than the Past? In: Proceedings of the Eighth Biennial Forum of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists, May 20-22, 2015, Ketchikan, Alaska: Economic Sustainability, Fishing Communities and Working Waterfronts. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver and Melissa Errend. North American Association of Fisheries Economists, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2015.
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