November 13 – 14, 2019
Wentworth by the Sea
New Castle, New Hampshire
February 12 - 13, 2020
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
Limited travel assistance will be available with priority given to fishermen and/or attendees traveling from outside the Northeast and Pacific Northwest respectively. More information about travel assistance and opportunities for EM vendors to participate in workshop events can be found at the event website.
Fisheries in the U.S. and around the world are increasingly utilizing EM to improve the timeliness, quality, cost effectiveness, and accessibility of fisheries-dependent data collection by incorporating cameras, gear sensors, and electronic reporting (ER) into commercial fishing operations. Realizing the growing interests, NOAA fisheries sponsored two national EM workshops in 2014 and 2016 to raise awareness of EM programs and emerging technologies, provide a platform for collaboration, and provide guidance on developing EM policy and best-practices. Since that time, 13 EM projects and programs have been implemented covering more than 400 vessels in 11 fisheries, technology has advanced, yet challenges remain as EM programs expand and mature. Given the interest and success of the previous two workshops, and to encourage greater regional-participation from fishermen and other stakeholders from all regions, NOAA Fisheries is hosting a workshop on each coast to continue tackling challenges with EM.
The 3rd National EM Workshop Series will engage and educate new participants and foster an environment for collaboration across different fisheries and stakeholders regarding the opportunities and challenges associated with EM. Fishermen will have a platform to share their perspectives and to hear what is working and what needs improvement. The workshops will offer best-practices from different regional EM programs and include presentations and panel discussions that will address national EM challenges such as:
- Technology development and integration to support fishermen
- Expanding applications and uses of data from EM programs
- EM program and policy development: How can fishermen and other stakeholders can get involved
- Reducing cost while increasing fishermen and stakeholder benefits
- Using EM to increase data collection and support science-based decisions
In addition to presentations and panel discussions on the topics listed above, the workshop will host an evening vendor exposition; vendors will share EM tools, applications, and experiences with workshop participants and EM users will be able to express their experiences and needs with vendors. The expo will expose managers and fishermen to currently available EM tools and provide an opportunity for conversations between vendors and stakeholders about practical aspects of EM implementation costs and benefits with the aim to move the industry towards more beneficial technology.
Fishermen and fishing industry groups are strongly encouraged to attend. We also welcome stakeholders from a range of perspectives, including federal and state agencies, fishery management councils, NGO’s, and EM providers. Even if you do not have any experience with EM, we value your participation and look forward to hearing from you. People located in other areas such as the Pacific Islands or Gulf of Mexico are encouraged to attend the workshop closest to them but are welcome at either or both. Participation at both conferences is encouraged for stakeholders with national interests.
If you have questions after visiting the event websites, contact K.C. Wilson at email@example.com, (301)-427-8131 or Brett Alger at firstname.lastname@example.org, (301)-427-8217.