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National Electronic Monitoring Workshop - West Coast

The second 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.



February 12, 2020

Meeting room: Grand Ballroom 8

8:00 – 9:00 am        

Registration (coffee provided)


9:00 – 9:20 am        

Welcome and introductions

  • Brett Alger, NOAA Fisheries Electronic Technologies Coordinator
  • Bob Dooley, Pacific Fishery Management Council Member
  • 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: Introduce EM; reflect on challenges identified in the 2014, 2016, and 2019 National EM Workshops; provide an overview of US programs and current national policy.

  • Brett Alger, NOAA Fisheries
  • Q&A/Discussion


PART 1: Regional EM experiences

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

Through presentations and panel discussions participants will explore similarities and differences across regions and identify opportunities for sharing best practices.

  • What are the keys to success? What are the challenges and plans to resolve them?
  • How are national policies affecting program development?
  • What are the key technologies and data applications being used?
  • How are programs reducing costs?
  • How do you see your region’s EM program(s) changing over the next 5 years?


10:00 – 10:45 am            

Regional EM experience - Pacific Islands


  • Keith Bigelow, Pacific Islands Science Center, NOAA Fisheries


  • Josh Lee, Pacific Islands Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries
  • Matthew Carnes, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
  • Eric Kingma, Hawaii Longline Association


10:45 – 11:15 am            



11:15 – 12:15 pm            

Regional EM experience - Alaska


  • Jennifer Ferdinand, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries


  • Dan Falvey, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association
  • Ruth Christiansen, United Catcher Boats
  • Julie Bonney, Alaska Groundfish Data Bank
  • Abby Turner-Franke, North Pacific Fisheries Association
  • Beth Stewart, Peninsula Fishermen’s Association


12:15 – 1:15 pm              

Lunch (provided)

Grand Ballroom 9

Lunch will be provided on both workshop days for all non-federal participants. Lunch will also be available both days for a fee to federal employees who selected this option during the pre-workshop registration process.


1:15 – 2:15 pm                 

Regional EM experience - West Coast


  • Justin Kavanaugh, West Coast Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries


  • Courtney Paiva, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Brent Paine, United Catcher Boats
  • Melissa Mahoney, Environmental Defense Fund


2:15 – 2:45 pm                 



2:45 – 3:45 pm                 

Regional EM experience – Northeast – Developing the 3rd party model

Objective: Share regional experience and examine the 3rdparty model groundfish-audit program for lessons learned and remaining challenges.


  • Niki Rossi, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
  • Brant McAfee, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, NOAA Fisheries


  • Melissa Sanderson, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance
  • Chris McGuire, The Nature Conservancy
  • Amanda Barney, Teem Fish Monitoring Inc.


3:45 – 4:45 pm                 

Panel Discussion: Designing a cost-effective industry-funded EM program

Objective: explore questions and challenges with designing an industry-funded EM program (i.e., 3rd party model) and identify best practices and next steps.


  • Dan Linden, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, NOAA Fisheries


  • Melissa Hooper, West Coast Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries
  • Bob Dooley, Pacific Fishery Management Council Member
  • Dan Falvey, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association
  • Julie Bonney, Alaska Groundfish Data Bank
  • Niki Rossi, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
  • Melissa Sanderson, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance


  • What are key factors in designing a program that meets your goals? How do you avoid “scope creep”?
  • How do you minimize video review and storage costs?
  • How can we measure “soft” costs (e.g., added catch handling requirements? How do we analyze and share all costs?


4:45 – 5:00 pm                 

Day 1 wrap up and closing remarks


5:00 – 7:00 pm                 

EM vendor expo and networking

Location: Grand Ballroom 7

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.


February 13, 2020

8:00 – 9:00 am                 

Registration (coffee provided)


9:00 – 9:10 am                 

Welcome back and Day 1 recap

  • Workshop facilitators


PART 2: Integrating new technology and AI applications


9:10 – 10:30 am               

Vendor panel and discussion

Objective: Gain additional insight into EM successes and challenges from the perspective of EM service providers and learn about current and upcoming EM system advancements.

  • Howard McElderry, Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
  • Joshua Wiersma, Integrated Monitoring
  • Jared Fuller, Saltwater Inc.
  • Amanda Barney, Teem Fish Monitoring Inc.
  • Chris Rodley, SnapIT HD
  • Tomás Galán, Satlink
  • Jacob Isaac-Lowry, Flywire


  • What questions do stakeholders, managers, and vendors have for one another? What does each group think is important for others to understand?
  • Where do you see your EM systems in the next 5 years?
  • What are the trade-offs of a multi-vendor solution for a single program?


10:30 – 11:00 am            



11:00 – 12:00 pm            

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and innovative applications of fisheries data

Objective: Explore how AI applications can support EM and fisheries data systems.

  • Jordan Watson, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries (webinar)
  • Farron Wallace, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
  • Eric Pennaz, Google
  • Mark Hager, New England Marine Monitoring


  • How can AI support data processing efficiencies?
  • How do today’s decisions impact future AI advancements? What can EM practitioners, vendors, managers, and others do to support AI implementation?
  • What are the challenges and important principles for including data from AI models (e.g., computer vision applications) for science, management, and enforcement?


12:00 – 1:00 pm              



1:00 – 1:30 pm                 

Wrap-up discussion: Integrating new technology and AI applications

Objective: Identify challenges, questions, and potential next steps involved in implementing new technology and AI applications for use in fisheries management.


PART 3: EM Data Considerations


1:30 – 2:30 pm                 

Data mapping exercise and report from 2019 EM Data Sharing Workshop

Objective: Review the flow of EM data from collection to storage and consider how data flow intersects with question about data sharing, access, security, and privacy.

  • Kate Wing, Net Gains Alliance


2:30 - 3:00 pm



3:00 – 4:15 pm                 

Panel Discussion: Data access, security, privacy, and enforcement

Objective: Explore questions commonly asked of NOAA Fisheries relating to data management, access, and enforcement. Identify specific outstanding questions and consider next steps for resolving key issues around EM imagery and summary data.

  • Keith Hagg, Office of General Counsel, NOAA Fisheries
  • Bob Hogan, Office of Law Enforcement, General Counsel, NOAA Fisheries
  • Ben Cheeseman, Office of Law Enforcement, NOAA Fisheries
  • Samir Mehta, Office of the Chief Information Officer, NOAA Fisheries
  • Brett Alger, Office of Science and Technology, NOAA Fisheries


  • When, by whom, and for what purposes can EM video be used?
  • What are law enforcement priorities with regard to EM?
  • What potential enforcement actions could be taken, who is accountable, and what are the consequences?
  • Do vessels have access to their own video footage?


4:15 – 4:30 pm                 

Closing discussions, Day 2 wrap up, and closing remarks

Objective: Share highlights from Day 2 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? What is best left to the regions?

Last updated on 02/07/2020