ELECTRONIC MONITORING SYSTEMS - Cape Cod Commercial Fishermans Alliance

The Fishermen's Alliance obtained NOAA's approval to allow local captains to install cameras on their boats to record 100 percent of their trips. These cameras help NOAA monitor the amount and type of discards that occur while the fishermen are fishing. In light of the high cost of having an observer, this could be a cost-effective alternative to on-vessel observers. Additionally, having cameras on board provide better data for fisheries managers. Cameras on-board also create better business flexibility for our fishermen. This project is part of larger regional coalition that is making technological advances in fisheries monitoring.