South Georgia Longline Fisheries Monitoring
This program started as a pilot, with a pioneering company in the fishery. After demonstrating the success in data collection and value of the data, the government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands made electronic monitoring a license requirement. Individual vessel owners are now required in their license agreements to have a functional EM system installed and operating 100% of the time while fishing. Monitoring elements include compliance, fishing effort and catch/bycatch composition. 2021 is the end of the first 4 year license series with this requirement.