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Fishing boats begin using electronic monitoring

By Associated Press 2:12 PM March 24, 2014

Pilot project started this month

SITKA, Alaska – Five fishing boats each from Sitka and Homer are carrying electronic monitoring equipment as part of a pilot program to see if electronic monitoring is more effective than having observers onboard in gathering data for fisheries management.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports longliners from the two communities have been participating in the pilot project by the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association since early March.

The equipment consists of two cameras mounted on stabilizers that capture the image of every fish that comes over the rail along with GPS coordinates.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration require a percentage of boats to have an observer on every groundfish or halibut fishing trip during each two-month period.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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