Electronic Monitoring for New England Fisheries Receives Boost in Funding
BOSTON – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is teaming up with a pair of foundations to fund multiple projects designed to make improvements to the electric monitoring of fisheries in the country.
Fisheries in the United States are subject to monitoring, which assists marine biologists and policy makers in determining future rules that should be established to protect certain populations of species.
Some fisheries and state governments across the country, however, have advocated for electronic monitoring over human-led monitoring as a more efficient and less invasive method.
“It is logistically easier for captains, safer, and usually cheaper. Fisherman generally prefer the cameras to humans once they get used to the system. The cameras are in use in fisheries across the world. So, this project isn’t really about proving that the hardware works to identify fish and can stand-in for humans,” Melissa Sanderson, the Chief Operating Officer of the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance, explained.
“This project is important because the New England Fishery Management Council has recognized that the current level of observer coverage in the ground fish fishery is not working.”