Program(s) in charge: Ecosystem & Bycatch Program - Data Collection & Database Program - Stock Assessment Program
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- A proof-of-concept study to evaluate the types of data that can be reliably collected by electronic monitoring (EM) on Class 1-5 purse-seine vessels.
- Fisheries management and assessments require complete catch and bycatch information.
- Logbook data for Class 1-5 vessels provide basic catch information for target species, but no information on tuna discards and incomplete information on catches of non-target species.
- EM systems may provide cost-effective and practical solutions.
- Relevance for management
- Better-quality and higher-resolution data on catches and discards of target and non-target species by unobserved purse-seine vessels would improve the staff’s stock assessments and management advice
- 23 months
- Workplan and status
- 2018: January-February: Identify EM capabilities from manufacturers.
- March-May: Survey of infrastructure configuration and fishing operations of small vessels. Identify candidate vessels; purchase EM equipment.
- June 2018-January 2019: collect EM and observer data on small purse-seine vessels.
- 2019: February-April: process EM data.
- May-August: Statistical comparisons of EM and observer data; write project report.
- September-November: if proof-of-concept warranted, development of a sampling design for a pilot study using EM aboard small purse-seine vessels.
- External collaborators
- Collaboration of fishing industry, observers and technology companies is essential.
- May 2018: Progress report to SAC-09 meeting