Tag Archives: electronic monitoring

Increase in observer fees has people in the fishing industry questioning how their dollars are being spent

Observer fees are going up for Alaska fishermen and processors. In Kodiak, fishermen aren’t too worried about the modest increase, but some would like to see improvements made to the decades-old program. Jake Everich looks up at one of the electronic monitoring cameras installed on the winch of his trawler, the Alaskan. (Photo by Kavitha George/Alaska’s Energy Desk) In Kodiak’s …

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Crab fishermen weigh in on observer coverage

A camera used for electronic monitoring in place of a live observer. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The tanner crab fishery opened last year for the first time in the Kodiak Management Area since 2013, and some tanner crab fishermen are pushing for more thorough observer coverage in the trawl sector. This weekend at a North Pacific …

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Small fixed gear vessels can now officially join pool for electronic monitoring

One of the cameras on board Frank Miles’ vessel. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT More and more commercial fishing vessels are using cameras for catch accounting. The cameras record activity that human reviewers then look over and analyze later. Starting in January, electronic monitoring, or EM, became an official option for small fixed gear vessels in the …

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