In June, the 9th International Fisheries Observer and Monitoring Conference was held in Vigo, Spain, bringing together fisheries scientists, managers, observers, and vendors from around the world.
On the third day of the conference, a workshop on electronic monitoring was among the offerings. The primary goals of the EM workshop were to:
- Build a shared understanding of the current state of EM technology.
- Expand networks among participants.
- Visualize the use of EM.
The workshop was led by Brett Alger and Lisa Peterson (NOAA Office of Science and Technology), Dave Colpo and Courtney Paiva (Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission), Gabriel Gomez (Marine Instruments), and Howard McElderry (Archipelago). More than 100 participants from 26 countries attended.
The first half of the workshop addressed the basic uses of EM and provided examples of
In the second half of the workshop, participants were organized by EM topic, including: landing
For more information on the 2018 conference, see "NOAA Front and Center at International Fisheries Observer Conference." The next conference will be held in 2021 in Hobart, Tasmania.