2016- Already invested in the longevity of fisheries across the state and the communities that depend on them and having provided a voice for fishermen seeking responsible management for maximum sustainable yield for many years, NPFA begins specific involvement in management of sustainable ecosystem based management of seafood resources across the state of Alaska.
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council released a status update on Ecosytem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM).
Things to watch for on the agenda at upcoming NPFMC meetings:
Electronic Monitoring/Observer Program
Terms you need to know:
EBFM- Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
EBM- Ecosystem Based Management
EFH- Essential Fish Habitat
FEP- Fisheries Ecosystem Plan
FMP- Fisheries Management Plan
Electronic monitoring (EM) is rapidly developing technology designed to assist human observers in fisheries observation and compliance. NPFA is working to develop a program that fits the needs of the National Marine Fisheries Service and the goals of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. Keep checking in for progress updates!
2012 - 2013 NPFA was awarded a NFWF grant to develop electronic monitoring systems on small, under 60 ft., halibut boats.
2013 - 2015 NFWF grant funded pilot to develop electronic monitoring system for small, under 60 ft., fixed gear cod boats.
2015 - Progress made in ongoing electronic monitoring study currently taking place in Kodiak on fixed gear pot cod boats, development of technique to obtain measurement, piece counts, species identification and measurement of fishing effort.
2016 - NPFA pursues funding for the Pre-Implementation phase of Electronic Monitoring in the pot cod fishery.
Interested in joining in the effort? Would you like EM equipment on your fishing vessel? Have a few more questions before you're ready to register?
Contact NPFA! : firstname.lastname@example.org
EM FAQ's for inquiring vessel owners:
North Pacific Fisheries Association