International interest in Australian e-monitoring program
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) electronic monitoring program is continuing to draw international interest, most recently from Taiwan.
E-monitoring uses an onboard system of sensors and video cameras to monitor fishing activities and catch, and been operational in the Eastern and Western Tuna and Billfish, Small Pelagic, and Gillnet Hook and Trap fisheries since July 2015
Taiwan is developing an e-monitoring system and is seeking expert advice before taking its program further, so the Vice-Director of the Fishing Boat Research Centre from Taiwan’s Department of System and Naval Mechatronic Engineering in National Cheng Kung University travelled to Australia to see first-hand the benefits of e-monitoring. While in Australia, the representative was shown how the program is run at AFMA.
The trip included visits to AFMA’s e-monitoring service provider Archipelago Asia Pacific to see how footage is analysed and processed and to Ulladulla to see e-monitoring in operation on two Commonwealth tuna vessels. The representative was very impressed with the quality of the e-monitoring system used by AFMA and saw it being useful for both government regulators and the fishing industry.
The Taiwanese trip follows a visit last year from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the South Pacific Community based in Noumea, who are also considering adopting e-monitoring for use in their fisheries.
AFMA’s acting executive manager fisheries, George Day, said it was pleasing to see the continued level of international interest in e-monitoring.
“E-monitoring is just one of the tools that AFMA is using to support managed fisheries throughout the Western and Central Pacific Ocean,” Mr Day said.
“We will continue to work with our international counterparts to share information on the latest technology that can be used to support sustainable fisheries management globally.”
LATEST PRESS RELEASES
The product range, which was specially compiled and newly developed for aquaculture applications, wa... Read more
Tersan Shipyard Inc. (Tersan Tersanecilik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.) announces the contract of their 100th New Building Vessel
Tersan Shipyard Inc. (Tersan Tersanecilik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.) announces the contract of their 10... Read more
Fibras Industriales S.A., commercially known as FISA has taken another leap in its international gro... Read more
Thordon Bearings has successfully completed the commissioning of a set of water-lubricated SXL prope... Read more
This clever infographic shows why maritime companies should now start smart with their data for exam... Read more