On-board cameras are changing fisheries monitoring in New England.
Home page slide photo caption: Connie Delano, IT project manager with MRAG Americas, hooks up a video camera to the F/V Dawn T in Harwich, on April 26, 2016. The camera will be used to monitor fish catch and discards.
The Fishermen's Alliance and local fishermen have been at the forefront of an important campaign to get NOAA Fisheries Service to allow fishermen to use digital cameras rather than human monitors to document their catch at-sea. Accountability on board vessels is an essential component to keeping fishing sustainable for future generations.
During the summer and fall of 2016, six Cape Cod fishermen will be outfitted with these electronic monitoring systems. This means a safer, more accurate and less expensive way to provide data to fishery scientists and managers.
Your support over the last decade helped us finally make this a reality.
Read our press release.
Norton, Michael. State House News Service. “Fishing Fleets Turning to Technology to Meet Monitoring Mandate,” May 31, 2016.
Fraser, Doug. Cape Cod Times. “Video equipment installed on Cape fishing boats,” May 28, 2016.
Cape Cod Broadcasting and Capecod.com News Center. “Cameras to be Used for Monitoring On Some New England Groundfish Vessels,” May 27, 2016.
Khan, Qainat. WBUR, Boston’s NPR radio station. “Cameras Pitched As On-Board Fishing Monitors,” May 10, 2016
Morris, Brian. WCAI, The Cape and Islands’ NPR station. “Monitoring The Catch Aboard Groundfishing Vessels,” April 22, 2016.
Abel, David. The Boston Globe. “Fishermen look to replace human monitors with cameras,” April 2, 2016.