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Eyes on the Water: Guiding Use of Advanced Technology for U.S. Fisheries

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the landmark legislation that set up the framework for managing U.S. fisheries to be sustainable—extending U.S. waters from 12 to 200 miles and establishing eight regional councils with the mission of conservation and management. Today, through a number of amendments, the science-based framework established under the MSA, U.S. fisheries are globally recognized as a model of success in responsible fisheries management. Knowing what species come out of the water, and how much of each, is key to the science-based process for managing fisheries to be sustainable. For a long time, people known as at-sea observers collected critical data on commercial fishing activities. However, advancements in technologies, such as onboard cameras, offer new alternatives to complement the work of onboard observers. Simple camera systems are being used to monitor compliance in some fisheries. In others, more complex systems designed to tally catch are being developed and implemented. Widespread use of video monitoring systems is complicated by numerous factors including cost, data accuracy, complex hardware and software, boat sizes and designs, and the damage that can be done to electronics when exposed to saltwater and pounding waves. CHOW 2016 will discuss how government, fishermen, private industry and other stakeholders are working together to overcome these challenges and guide the wise use of electronic monitoring.

 

Moderator: 

Dawn M Martin | Vice Chair and Treasurer, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Discussants:

Kate Wing | Consultant, KW Consulting

Samuel D. Rauch III | Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Nancy Munro | President, Saltwater, Inc.

Brad Pettinger | Director, Oregon Trawl Commission

Chris McGuire | Massachusetts Marine Program Director, The Nature Conservancy

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