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National Electronic Monitoring Workshop - East Coast

The first of two national electronic monitoring workshops that NOAA and partners are hosting to bring together fishermen and stakeholders to address the opportunities and challenges associated with EM in U.S. commercial fisheries.



November 13, 2019

Meeting room: Wentworth Ballroom

8:00 – 9:00 am        

Registration (coffee and breakfast provided)


9:00 – 9:20 am        

Welcome and introductions

  • Brett Alger, NOAA Fisheries Electronic Technologies Coordinator
  • John Quinn, Chairman, New England Fishery Management Council
  • Sam Rauch, NOAA Fisheries Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs
  • Facilitators


9:20 – 10:00 am      

National EM Policy: Where have we been, and where are we now?

Objective: Reflect on the history of EM policy development, including outcomes from the 2014 and 2016 National EM Workshops; review EM basics, and provide an overview of current national EM policy.

  • George Lapointe, George Lapointe Consulting
  • Brett Alger
  • Q&A/Discussion


10:00 – 11:15 am            

Regional EM experiences

Objective: Share regional experiences with EM program development and implementation, reflect on the role of national EM policy, and identify successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

  • Atlantic HMS – Ian Miller, NOAA Fisheries, Highly Migratory Species Division
  • Canadian fisheries – Amy Williams, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
  • West Coast – Neil Riley, NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center


11:15 – 11:30 am            



11:30 – 12:15 pm            

Regional EM experiences, New England

  • Claire Fitz-Gerald, NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Regional Office
  • Melissa Sanderson, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance
  • Ben Martens, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association
  • Jim Ford, Commercial Fisherman, F/V Lisa Ann III; Maximized Retention EM Program Participant


12:15 – 1:30 pm              

Lunch (provided)


1:30 – 2:45 pm                 

Vendor panel and discussion

Objective: Gain additional insight into EM successes and challenges from the perspective of third-party EM service providers.

  • Phillip Meintzer Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
  • Josh Wiersma, Integrated Monitoring
  • Greg Hammann, Marine Instruments
  • Morgan Wealti Saltwater Inc.
  • Jillian DiMaio, Teem Fish Monitoring Inc
  • Q&A and group discussion


  • How does collaboration between vendors, managers, and stakeholders support the successful development and implementation of EM?
  • From your perspective (as a stakeholder, manager, etc.), what you need from EM service providers? What do you think is important for vendors to understand?


2:45 – 3:15 pm                 



3:15 – 4:00 pm                 

Integrating fishery-dependent data into stock assessments in the Northeast

Objective: Discuss considerations involved in integrating fishery-dependent data, including EM data, into groundfish stock assessments in the Northeast region.

  • Tara Trinko Lake, NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Vito Giacalone, Northeast Seafood Coalition
  • Chris McGuire, The Nature Conservancy


4:00 – 4:45 pm                 

Exploring EM: Accountability and electronic technologies

Objective: Share stakeholder perspectives on drivers for considering EM in the Gulf of Mexico, and reflect on regional lessons learned from exploring the potential of EM as a monitoring tool.

  • Lisa Schmidt, Gulf of Mexico Reef Shareholders’ Alliance
  • Scott Hickman, Charter Fishermen’s Association
  • Gary Jarvis, Charter Fishermen’s Association


4:45 – 5:00 pm                 



5:00 – 7:00 pm                 

EM vendor expo and networking

Location: Wentworth Ballroom Foyer

EM vendors will be available with their EM equipment or services for demonstrations and questions. Attendees are invited to interact with EM vendors and meet with workshop participants.


November 14, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 am                 

Registration (coffee and breakfast provided)


9:00 – 9:15 am                 

Welcome back and Day 1 recap

  • Jon Hare, Director, NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Workshop facilitators


9:15 – 10:00 am               

Introduction to monitoring costs

Objective: Provide a high-level introduction to the costs of fishery monitoring, including both observers and EM.

  • Introduction – Brett Alger
  • Chad Demarest, NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Q&A/Discussion


10:00 – 10:30 am            



10:30 – 12:00 pm            

EM program costs: Regional experiences

Objective: Provide regional perspectives on the factors, decisions, and tradeoffs that influence EM program costs from development through implementation.

  • Courtney Paiva, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Carole Neidig, Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Geoff Smith, The Nature Conservancy
  • Q&A/Discussion


12:00 – 1:15 pm              

Lunch (provided)


1:15 – 2:30 pm                 

EM program design: Video review and data processing

Objective: Discuss video review and data processing as drivers of EM program costs and explore regional protocols for managing costs and achieving EM program objectives.

  • Dan Linden, NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Regional Office
  • Dan Roberts, Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Courtney Paiva, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Eric Pennaz, Google
  • Q&A/Discussion


2:30 – 3:00 pm                 



3:00 – 4:15 pm                 

Breakout discussions: EM program design best practices and next steps

Objective: Share perspectives on the lessons learned and best practices that are most valuable to the successful design and implementation existing and future EM programs.

Discussion: Reflecting on the past two days of this workshop

  • What haven’t we discussed? Are there additional considerations and program design elements that are critical to EM success?
  • What’s working well? What do you consider “best practices” for EM program design and implementation that are valuable to document and share?
  • What have you learned about gaining traction on some of the most challenging aspects of EM?


4:15 – 4:45 pm                 

Where do we go from here?

Objective: Share highlights from breakout group discussions, including takeaways and potential next steps.


  • What are your personal takeaways from this workshop? What have you learned, and how can you apply this knowledge to your own work?
  • From your perspective, what aspects of EM implementation are beneficial to continue discussing at a national level?


4:45 – 5:00 pm                 

Closing remarks

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