Electronic Monitoring - At What Cost?

Electronic monitoring (EM) is a rapidly developing technology to monitor fisheries, where industry can possibly save costs or in situations where it is either impossible or dangerous for observer placement on board. The implications for observers are obvious - they may lose their jobs. But we must also consider possible loss of quality of data and how this can be avoided.  What are the benefits? There is an entire host of critical monitoring duties that electronic monitoring is currently unable to accomplish. What does science and fisheries monitoring stand to lose? Please contact the APO with updates and reports from your region so that we may post them here. See APO's EM statement which describes our perspective on what should be considered for EM best practices.