High Tech on the High Seas
Electronic monitoring (EM) has been a fisheries management tool for more than a decade, using onboard computers and sensors to record video, GPS, and other data from each vessel. This system gives fishery managers a detailed view of harvests and helps prevent overfishing and illegal practices.
Unfortunately, while these EM systems are effective for management, they are very expensive for smaller fishing operations. In response,
Ecotrust Canada has developed a cost-effective EM system that can be adapted for almost any fishery, with the goal of improving communities’ abilities to pursue environmentally and economically sustainable livelihoods.
Our EM system enables more affordable, effective management of fisheries large and small – collecting high quality data, supporting collaborative fisheries management, engaging fishermen in reporting fishing activity and stock status, and promoting socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable fishing communities around the world.