Electronic Monitoring in the Trawl Catch Share Program: NMFS Electronic Monitoring Policy

NMFS Electronic Monitoring Policy

On May 3, 2013, NMFS released its “Policy on Electronic Technologies and Fishery Dependent Data Collection”. This policy provides guidance on the adoption of electronic technology solutions in fishery-dependent data collection programs. Electronic technologies include the use of vessel monitoring systems, electronic logbooks, video cameras for electronic monitoring, and other technologies that provide EM and electronic reporting. The policy also includes guidance on the funding for electronic technology use in fishery-dependent data collection programs.