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Electronic Monitoring: Technology to Ensure Sustainable Fisheries

April 29, 2021

Ensuring the sustainability of our nation’s fisheries—and the millions of jobs and billions of dollars in sales they support—requires a clear understanding of when, where, and how fishermen are operating, and monitoring what they catch, keep, and discard.

F/V Lisa Ann III F/V Lisa Ann III in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Credit: Dan Linden, Greater Atlantic Region

Electronic monitoring is a tool used to collect fishing data that support and improve stock assessments and ensure that catch limits are sustainable in the long term. NOAA Fisheries is investing in technology that fishermen use to track their catch. These new technologies hold promise in making data collection more timely, accurate, and cost-efficient.

Check out a new podcast series below to find out how electronic monitoring helps ensure sustainable fisheries.

Electronic Monitoring Podcast Series

Monitoring Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow: Podcast #1

Hear about the ins and outs of electronic monitoring and how NOAA Fisheries is investing in technology fishermen can use to track their catch to assist in making data collection more timely, accurate, and cost-efficient.

Listen to the podcast

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Electronic monitoring system on fishing vessel
The electronic monitoring system on this fishing vessel includes cameras attached to the vessel’s stabilizers.

Monitoring Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow: Podcast #2

Join Brett Alger for our second podcast in the electronic monitoring series where we look at privacy concerns, costs, and Agency guidance.

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This on-board camera is filming activities on a fishing vessel
This on-board camera is filming activities on a fishing vessel.

Monitoring Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow: Podcast #3

Catch up with Brett Alger in the final installment of our electronic monitoring podcast series to take a a look at the what the future holds for this industry.

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Birdseye eye from and electronic monitoring camera on a fishing vessel
Birdseye view  from an electronic monitoring camera on a fishing vessel.

Storymap: Technology, Monitoring, and Sustainable Fisheries

How cameras, sensors, and other advances are improving the science-based management of commercial fisheries.

Explore the storymap

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Close up of electronic monitoring camera
Close up of electronic monitoring camera.

Last updated by Office of Science and Technology on April 29, 2021