On March 31st, 2016, the Ecology Action Centre (EAC), in collaboration with Ecotrust Canada and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), co-hosted a video monitoring workshop with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Funding for the workshop was provided by the Government of Canada and the Donner Canadian Foundation.
The workshop successfully brought together more than 80 participants representing fishing associations, unions, harvesters, processors, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), aboriginal peoples organizations and non-profit organizations.
The purpose of the workshop was to bring together various stakeholders, introduce electronic and video monitoring technology and support open dialogue and discussions on the potential for implementation in Atlantic Canadian fisheries.
The workshop included the following presentations, which can be found by clicking the links:
- Amanda Barney with Ecotrust Canada on current technology and cost
- Dan Edwards a British Columbia fisherman on his experience with the technology
- Mark Hager with Gulf of Maine Research Institute on technical aspects of video monitoring and the New England experience
- Marc Clemens with DFO on fisheries policy
- Heath Stone with DFO on how science uses observer data
- Jay Lugar with the Marine Stewardship Council on certification conditions that require increased catch and bycatch monitoring
You can download a full report of the workshop here - Getting Up to Speed: Potentional Application for Video Monitoring in Atlantic Canada (PDF)
Following this workshop, the Ecology Action Centre developed a series of informative sheets (PDFs) for fisheries managers (FR), scientists (FR), fishermen and fishing industry (FR) and the public (FR), explaining the potential for electronic video monitoring to augment and add to Canadian fisheries and monitoring capacity.
For more information, please contact Chelsey Karbowski at email@example.com or (902) 446-4840