Target species: Cod
Program period: 2010-2014
Number of vessels in the program: 6-21
Geographic scope of the program: North Sea
A brief description of the equipment employed in the EM / ER:
All participating vessels were fitted with REM systems supplied by Archipelago Marine Research Ltd (AMR). The REM system includes a GPS, sensors (drum rotation and pressure) and CCTV cameras. The data from these are stored on a removable hard drive for later analysis by onshore observers.
Goals of the program:
- Assess CQM as potential for discard reduction
- Evaluate REM as documentation tool
- Assess CQM to control and reduce stock mortality
- Assess CQM to provide quality scientific data
- To test the operational use and enforceability of a CQM, particularly with regard to the use of REM as a monitoring tool.
- To estimate the effect of a sample rate of 10 per cent to verify compliance with the discard prohibitions for catch quota stocks, correct reporting of area fished and catch estimates.
- Assess REM to quantify the level of discards occurring for TAC, non-TAC species and by-catch.
- To trial and improve various methods of quantifying retained catches of catch quota stocks from CCTV analysis as a means of auditing catch records
- To carry out seagoing observer trips to obtain quality control data on retained catches for the purpose of assessing confidence levels in CCTV analysis.
- To trial satellite modem technology for the transmission of sensor data and remote monitoring system functionality.
- To trial improved remote monitoring systems and software which allow for increased numbers of cameras and sensors.
- To verify self-reported data on levels of undersized catch retained on board.
Reporting agency involved in collecting, analyzing or storing the data:
Marine Management Organization, England
Points of contact for learning more about the program:
Thomas Catchpole: firstname.lastname@example.org