In a series of short podcasts, articles and an interactive “story map” published between April 26-30, NOAA Fisheries has done an outstanding job of describing for both the general public and more-specialized audiences what electronic monitoring is all about today, and where it may be headed.
The three podcasts, each under 20 minutes in length, feature NOAA’s Brett Alger, and focus on distinct aspects of EM programs, technological capabilities and future potential:
- Podcast One looks at the ins and outs of EM and how NOAA Fisheries is investing in technology fishermen can use to track their catch and assist in making data collection more timely, accurate, and cost-efficient;
- Podcast Two examines privacy concerns, costs, and agency guidance; and
- Podcast Three turns to the future of EM, as advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning begin to inform technological capabilities.
NOAA’s interactive Story Map continued the agency’s EM Week with eight brief sections describing how cameras, sensors, and other advances are improving the science-based management of commercial fisheries. It features an on-board tour of an EM system, and a camera’s-eye view of a fishing trip with Massachusetts fisherman Jim Ford.
NOAA wrapped up the week with publication of its EM “collection page,” which houses all the EM Week content in one place for easy review and sharing.
Photo graphic courtesy of NOAA Fisheries