Electronic Monitoring and Reporting

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Electronic monitoring and reporting, explained.

NOAA Fisheries is investing in technology fishermen use to track their catch. These new technologies may make data collection more accurate, timelier, and more cost efficient. Read more...

Using technology to make data collection more effective and efficient

Fishing is becoming increasingly tech savvy. Widespread use of GPS and fish finders has made it easier to find the fish. And now, technology holds promise in helping fishermen keep better track of their catches and supplying NOAA with data to sustainability manage our ocean fisheries. The question is, how can we integrate new fisheries reporting and monitoring technologies in the most effective and cost-efficient way?

Taking a smart approach to smart technology

We are working to fully-realize the promise of electronic monitoring and reporting by guiding the use of the technologies and not letting them guide us. This involves finding thoughtful, workable solutions to the numerous fishery-specific technical and policy issues presented by the adoption of new technologies.

National guidance, regional implementation

Following national guidance outlined in our policy directive, we created regional plans to identify, evaluate, and prioritize implementation of promising electronic technologies. Click below to read individual regional plans:

The NOAA Fisheries leadership team meets twice a year to review progress, discuss implementation of these programs, and ensure coordination across the regions.

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Electronic Monitoring Explained

NOAA Fisheries is investing in technology fishermen use to track their catch. These new technologies hold promise in making data collection more accurate, timelier, and more cost efficient. Read more...