An Inside Look at The First Year of LIME

Washington State Dungeness Crab EM Lime Pilot Project

This pilot project will test a newly developed, low-cost EM system developed by archipelago called LIME in combination with a tablet-based electronic logbook (E-Log) to determine its effectiveness as a tool to improve data quality and the timeliness of in-season management decisions, specifically related to the spatial distribution of crab gear to mitigate marine mammal interactions. The first phase of this project will serve as a proof-of-concept trial to validate whether this EM system can successfully collect EM data on-board two crab fishing vessels based out of Westport, WA, and to develop the data flow and reporting protocols that will meet WDFW (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) management needs.

Groundfish Trawl Electronic Monitoring Programs

Archipelago provides electronic monitoring equipment (EM) and services to groundfish trawl vessels in the Pacific region based on the management and monitoring requirements of the fishery. EM services consist of providing equipment and technical support, managing and processing EM data and sharing results with industry and DFO stakeholders. Program services involve collecting and processing electronic at-sea EM data, profiling fishing effort and catch and categorizing at sea releases. EM data are integrated with dockside monitoring and fisher log data to detail catch for quota management. EM data and reports are prepared by Archipelago and the results are shared with DFO and industry stakeholders.
Throughout the program history, Archipelago has met regularly with industry and DFO representatives to discuss the program, identify challenges or areas of opportunity for improved data collection, and ensure the program is meeting its objectives. Program summaries were prepared by Archipelago and provided to fishery advisory committee meetings to facilitate program implementation, development and review. The groundfish trawl EM program continues to evolve with changes in the fishery and management requirements.

US Alaska Pollock Trawl EM Program

The Alaska Pollock Trawl EM program operates under an exempted fishery permit (EFP) allowing the use of EM as a substitute for human at-sea observers on 30 midwater trawl vessels fishing in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska pollock fisheries. This EM program is split between federally funded (via grants) and industry funded (directly from participants). This project is intended to evaluate the feasibility and cost-efficiency of using EM systems to monitor compliance with retention (salmon bycatch) and discard (groundfish) regulations, while improving data quality and timeliness in these fisheries. Archipelago provides equipment and field support services to the fishing industry. EM services to industry comprise providing equipment, installation, technical support and implementing changes and improvements geared towards increasing data quality. EM data is processed by Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC).

US West Coast Groundfish EFP EM Program

The West Coast Groundfish EM program operates under an exempted fishery permit (EFP) to use EM for three fleets: Pacific whiting, longline/trap (fixed gear), and trawl vessels. This project started in 2013 and is ongoing in the West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington) region. This EM program is coordinated by fishing industry association to meet Federal requirements with EM data being processed by Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). The program allows participating vessels to use EM for at-sea catch monitoring instead of At-Sea Observers, greatly reducing their monitoring costs. There are over 40 vessels in the program. Archipelago provides equipment and field support services  covering equipment, installation, and technical support.

California Box Crab EM Pilot Project

Run through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, this project operates under an exempted fishing permit (EFP) allowing the use of EM as a substitute for at-sea observers on five crab fishing vessels in California. The project uses EM to evaluate the commercial viability of an experimental box crab fishery. Archipelago provides equipment and field support services to the five vessels in this program.

Alaska Fixed Gear

Project Overview:

US Alaska Cooperative Research (Fixed Gear) EM Program started in 2014 and is currently still ongoing. It is primarily directed at ground fish hook and line (and trap) vessels targeting halibut, sablefish, and Pacific cod. The existing EM pool consists of over 140 vessels that carry EM for all fishing operations.
This is a federally funded cooperative research program, which is phasing into mandatory regulated program funded by industry through landing levies and contracted by the agency. The program allows participating vessels to use EM for at-sea catch and discard monitoring as well as mitigation device deployment instead of At-Sea Observers. Archipelago provides equipment and field support services to the fishing industry. EM services to industry comprise providing equipment, installation, and technical support.

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