Session 1: Why monitor fisheries and what to monitor
  1. Use of Observer Data in Rebuilding Overfished Species: A Port Specific Example. Author: Steve Samana (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  2. REKREA – Monitoring and inclusion of  Danish marine recreational fisheries data in stock assessment. Author: Hans Jakob Olesen. Co-authors: Troels Kjeldbjerg, Frank I. Hansen, Stig Pedersen, Marie Storr-Paulsen, Josianne G. Støttrup, Karin Stubgaard, Mads Christoffersen, Niels Jepsen, Casper Gundelund and Christian Skov  (DTU Aqua, Denmark)
  3. Observer Contributions to a US West Coast Success Story. Author: Ryan Shama (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  4. Towards Stewardship: Beyond the Basics and How Do We Go Further. Author: Vanessa J. Tuttle. Co-authors: Jason Jannot, Tom Good,  (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  5. Finding the right tools for the job: the suite of monitoring approaches used to manage Alaskan fisheries. Author: Jennifer Mongragon. Co-authors: Jennifer Watson and Alicia Miller (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  6. Observing the impact of plastics in the Atlantic Ocean. Author; Zachary Fyke (AIS observer, USA)
  7. Fisheries data collection – The Norwegian way.  Author:  Tom Williams. Co-author: Sofie Gundersen (Institute of Marine Research, Norway)
  8. A Regional Observer Program in Atlantic and Indian Oceans for the French purse seine-fishing fleet : OCUP. Author:  Relot. Co-author: Jarry (Oceanic Développement, France)
  9. Fostering Growth Between Science and Compliance.  Author: Matthew Walia, (NOAA fisheries, USA)
  10. Project CATCH – how to bring coastal angling tourism and nature conservation together. Author: Jakub Skorupski (Green Federation “GAIA”, University of Szczecin)
  11.  The Effectivity  of FAD’s for Pole and Line Fisheries by Biology Aspect Based in Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Author: Agus Setiyawan (University of Rhode Island, USA)
  12. Monitoring the compliance with the Landing Obligation: Author: Cristina Morgado. Co-authors:  Mario Santos, Miguel Nuevo(European Fisheries Control Agency)
  13. Electronic monitoring (EM) of small purse-seine vessel. Basic standards for monitoring fishing activities and catches.  Author: Marlon H Roman. Co-author: Cleridy Lennert-Cody (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)
  14. Monitoring to support the fishing sector and territorial management: São Paulo State Case, Brazil. Author: Antônio Olinto Ávila-da-Silva. Co-authors: Marcus Henrique Carneiro, Jocemar Tomasino Mendonça, Gastão César Cyrino Bastos, Laura Villwock de Miranda, Rafael Cabrera Namora (Instituto de Pesca, Brazil)
  15. Seabird tracking: a complementary tool for fishery management. Author: Leia Navarro. Co-authors: Raül Ramos, Andrea Soriano-Redondo, Salvador García, Míriam García-Vendrell, Fernanda de Felipe, Laura Zango, Jacob González-Solís  (Universidad de Barcelona, Spain)
  16. Sampling on board the Portuguese purse seine fleet. Author: Diana Feijó. Co-authors: Laura Wise, Alexandra Silva, Ana Moreno, Manuela Azevedo (Intituto Portugês do Mar e da Atmosfera -IPMA-, Portugal)
  17. The use of fishing monitoring data in two marine protected areas of Brazil. Author: Jocemar Tomasino Mendoza, Co-authors: Mayra Jankowsky and Antônio Olinto Ávila da Silva (Fisheries Institute of the Department of Agriculture and Food Supply of São Paulo State, Brazil)
  18. Versatility and Proficiency; How Observers on the West Coast of the US contribute to the Conservation and Scientific Research of Protected Species. Author: Jon McVeigh, (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  19.  The Effectivity  of FAD’s for Pole and Line Fisheries by Biology Aspect Based in Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Author: Agus Setiyawan (University of Rhode Island, USA)
Session 2: Industry engagement with monitoring
  1. Involving Industry in the Collection of Needed West Coast Groundfish Data. Author: Jim Benante. Co-author: John Lafargue (Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commision, USA)
  2. Improvements in bycatch reporting frequency from vessels in the CCAMLR Krill fishery, through industry engagement with CCAMLR observers. Author: Isaac Forster (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Australia)
  3. Bridging the Gap: A case study documenting the need for increased communication with the fishing industry in support of successful fisheries management. Author: Sara Weeks. Co-author: Bradley P. Schondelmeier, Gerald O’Neill, Nichole Rossi, Glenn Chamberlain (Northeast Fisheries Science Center,USA)
  4. The Norwegian reference fleet – Feedback from participants and user groups. Author: Tom Williams. Co-author: Sofie Gundersen (Institute of Marine Research,  Norway)
  5. The Economic Advantage of Monitoring for the Fishing Industry.  Author: Julian Hawkins (Vericatch, Canada)
  6. Working Together to Work Together Better: A Review of Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder landings in northeast atlantic observer data over the last 20 years and a proposed method of working together better Author: Sara Fortuna (Northeast Fisheries Observer Program, USA)
  7. PTNS 2.0: A case study on outreach when implementing a new technical update to an industry facing system. Author: Margaret Heinichen. Co-authors: Katherine McArdle, Michael Palmer (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  8. Electronic Monitoring and Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPS). Author:  Iain Pollard (Key Traceability Ltd, UK)
  9. A collaboration with Norwegian fishers for documenting incidental seabird bycatch in the Norwegian coastal gillnet-fishery.  Author: Tom Williams ((Institute of Marine Research, Norway)
  10. Observed changes in industry behaviour and fisheries management in the first three years of the Australian E-monitoring program and the next level of Industry engagement with EM Author: Bryan Bates, Archipelago Marine Research (Australia)
  11. Making fisheries monitoring economically beneficial for fishermen as a means to achieving sustainably Author: Julien Hawkins (Vericatch, Canada)
  12. Galulue Fa’atasi- An Ongoing Success Story of Observer Program and Industry Cooperation in the American Samoa Fisheries Author: Michael Marsik (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
Session 3: Monitoring artisanal fisheries
  1. Monitoring Artisanal Fisheries with Watching Map Pro(tm): Now and Future. Author: Greg Hammann. Co-author: Óscar González (Marine Instruments, Spain)
  2. San Diego Artisanal Fisheries, the “Tuna Harbor Dockside Market”, And Zero Discard. Author: Steven W. Todd (West Coast Groundfish Observer Program, USA)
  3. Challenges of the 60 Feet and Under Commercial Fishing Vessels in Alaskan Waters:An Observer Perspective. Author: Bobbie Buzzell, (A.I.S, Inc  Observer, USA)
  4. Identifying fishing behaviours of inshore fishing vessels targeting crabs and lobsters around Scotland. Author: Tania Mendo. Co-author: Smout, S., Pasco, G. Course, G, James, M. (Scottish Oceans Institute, UK)
  5. Providing quality and affordable advice in artisanal fisheries: the barefoot fisheires advisor in the Galician (Spain) co-managed turfs. Author:  Gonzalo Macho (Univeristy of Vigo, Spain)
Session 4: New approaches to analysing monitoring data
  1. Albatross Bycatch in Alaskan Longline Fisheries: Modeling rates to inform trends. Author: Kimberly S. Dietrich. Co-authors: Edward F. Melvin, Robert Suryan and Amanda Gladics (Oregon State University, USA Alaska)
  2. Estimating unreported bycatch and discards in Norwegian Fisheries under a discards ban. Author: Tom Clegg. Co-authors: Kjell Nedreaas, Geir Blom (Institute of Marine Research, Norway)
  3. Electronically monitoring release method as a proxy for Pacific halibut discard mortality rates in the directed Pacific halibut longline fishery. Author: Claude L. Dykstra. Co-author: Timothy Loher, Ian J. Stewart, Allan C. Hicks, Josep V. Planas (International Pacific Halibut Commission, USA Pacific)
  4. Two case studies of applying decision tree models to improving observer data quality: observer retention and species identification. Author: Debra Duarte (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  5. Using Benford’s Law to evaluate observer data quality. Author: Chad Demarest (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  6. Approaches to characterizing uncertainty  for fishery-level total bycatch estimates. Author: Yong-Woo Lee. Co-authors: Lee Benaka, John Foster (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
Session 5: Assessing bias from monitoring programs
  1. Use of Scottish Random Vessel Selection to Monitor Bias. Author: James Dooley. Co-author: L Clarke, A Pout, S Sweeting (Marine Scotland Science, UK)
  2. Seabird interactions and catch in Alaska trawl fisheries – supplemental data collection revisited. Author: Shannon M. Fitzgerald. Co-author: Kimberly S. Dietrich (Ocean Associates, Inc., USA)
  3. Survey sampling for fisheries monitoring in Brazil: implementation and analysis. Author: Laura Villwock de Miranda. Co-authors: Paul Gerhard Kinas, Guilherme Guimarães Moreira, Rafael Cabrera Namora, Marcus Henrique Carneiro (Instituto de Pesca, Brazil)
  4. Low number of cooperative vessels: Can they conform to a reference fleet? Author: Ana Claudia Fernandes. Co-authors: Melinda Oroszlányová, Cristina Silva, Manuela Azevedo  (Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere -IPMA-, Portugal)
Session 6: Harmonizing and standardizing monitoring programs
  1. U.S. Fish Bycatch Data Quality: Tier Classification System Results for 2005 vs. 2015. Author: Lee Benaka. Co-authors: Yong-Woo Lee, Noelle Olsen (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  2. Observe: Database and operational software to monitor activities and catches in purse-seine and pelagic longline fisheries. Author: Cauquil. Co-authors: Sabarros, Rabearisoa, Monin Amandè, Bach (IRD, UMR MARBEC, Ob7, Indian Ocean)
Session 7: Briefing and debriefing observers
  1. Comparison of in person vs remote debriefing, Alaska and Southeast. Author: Patrick Caroll, (IAP World Service, USA)
Session 8: Observer training, safety and mental health
  1. Web portal for the northeast fisheries observer program. Author: Erin Kupcha. Co-author:Russ Blanc  (Northeast Fisheries Science Center, USA)
  2. Preparing Observers for cross cultural experiences in training and in the field. Author:  Patrick Carroll (IAP World Service, USA)
  3. Complacency Kills- Experience doesn’t Trump Safety. Author:  Paul Martin. Co-author: Samantha Power (Teamsters Union/ Seawatch, USA)
  4. A Life of Monitoring the Fisheries: Quantification of the Individual Sampling Effort of a North Pacific Groundfish Observer. Author: Raul Ramirez (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  5. Technologies in Marine Fisheries: #SAFETY. Author: Ken Keene ( NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  6. Alternate Safety Equipment Examination Protocols. Author: Kara Gibbons (NOAA Fisheries, USA). Co-author: Kenneth Keene
  7. A Philosophy of Play: the difference between surviving and thriving at sea. Author: Emily Miller (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  8. Collaborative incident reporting between NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program: a systematic approach. Scott Leach (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  9. Bridging the Gap Between Observer Harassment and Response. Author: Marc Dragiewicz (NEFOP/MRAG Observer, USA)
  10. Regional scientific observer programme (RSOP) in the South West Indian Ocean. Author: Daroomalingum. Co-author: Jérômine Fanjanirina Kompé (Indian Ocean commission)
  11. Enhancing Documentation Systems and Training to Encourage the Reporting of Problems all Observers May Face. Author: Kristen Gustafson. Co-author: Erin Kupcha ( National Marine Fisheries Service, USA)
  12. Frequency of Safety and Harassment Violations Types and the Factors that Impede Disclosure. Author: Jaclyn Smith (National Marine Fisheries Service Office for Law Enforcement, USA) 
  13. REGIONAL SCIENTIFIC OBSERVER PROGRAMME (RSOP) IN THE SOUTH WEST INDIAN OCEAN. Author: Jérômine Fanjanirina Kompé. Co-author: Mauree Daroomalingum (Indian Ocean commission)
Session 9: Technology used by observers
  1. Trends in Satellite Monitoring of Vessels at Sea. Author: Paul Whitaker (KSAT – Kongsberg Satellite Services, Norway)
  2. The ‘catch-cam’, a portable, low budget, easy to build electronic monitoring system. Author: A.T.M. van Helmond. Co-authors:D. Benden, D. Burggraaf (Wageningen Marine Research, The Netherlands)
  3. Challenges with the implementation of ER and EM in the Solomon Islands fisheries monitoring. Author: Derrick Tagosia (Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Salomon Islands)
  4. An Observer’s Perspective:  Transitioning to Paperless Electronic Data Collection. Author: James Grunden (NOAA fisheries, USA)
  5. Observer Benefits of Advanced Technology in the Northeast Fishery Observer Program. Author: Ryan Flannery (Northeast Fisheries Observer Program, USA)
  6. Creating more accurate and timely data with the paperless At-Sea Monitoring study. Author: Ashley Traverse-Taylor. Co-author: Debra Duarte (National Marine Fisheries Service, USA)
  7. NEMESYS : An electronic data collection application for on-board fisheries observers on the Irish Nephrops directed fishery. Author: Helen McCormick. Co-authors: Jennifer Doyle, Chris Allsop (Marine Institute Rinville Oranmore, Ireland)
  8. Nephrop electronic data collection. Author: Peter Gibson. Co-author: A. Pout (Marine Scotland Science, UK)
  9. Migration to OPTECS Introduces Positive Changes in Sampling Flow and Observer Life. Author: Eric Brasseur (Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, USA)
  10. Flatfish in the spotlight, learning from fish behaviour. Author: Pieke Molenaar. Co-author: Michiel Dammers (Wageningen Marine Research, Netherlands)
  11. Improving Observer Programs through Incorporation of a Data Transfer Application on Tablet Computers. Author:  H.E. Moncrief-Cox. Co-authors: S.J.B. Gulak, A.N. Mathers, M.P. Enzenauer, and J.K. Carlson (Riverside Technology Inc, USA)
Session 10: Operationalizing technology-based monitoring: learning from programs around the world
  1. A comparison of data collection from observers and CCTV systems in the Scottish demersal fleet. Author: James Dooley. Co-author: Helen Holah and Neil Campbell (Marine Scotland Science, UK)
  2. The Role of NGO Partnerships in Monitoring: Developments from the U.S. West Coast Groundfish Fishery. Author: Melissa Mahoney. Co-author: Shems Jud (Environmental Defense Fund, USA)
  3. Lessons from EM Implementation in Two US Fisheries. Author:  Morgan Wealti. Co-author: Jared Fuller (Saltwater, USA)
  4. An exhaustive sampling approach for fish data collection, using an automatic measuring system. Author: Cesar Silva. Co-authors: Ricardo Aires, Maria Luísa Ramalho, Dália Reis, Hugo Diogo, Ângela Canha, João Gil Pereira (Fishmetrics, Portugal)
  5. Estimating seabird bycatch in gillnet fisheries in the Danish Øresund using Remote Electronic Monitoring. Author: Gildas Glemarec. Co-authors: Finn Larsen, Lotte Kindt-Larsen  (DTU Aqua, Denmark)
  6. Electronic Monitoring in the U.S. West Coast and Alaska Groundfish Fisher. Author: Courtney Paiva. Co-author: Dave Colpo (Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, USA)
  7. The landing obligation in European fisheries: discard reporting by observer programs and automatic technology. Author: Julio Valeiras. Co-authors: Xesús Morales, Esther Abad, Carlos Vilas, Luís T. Antelo, Tatiana Ordóñez, Ricardo I. Pérez-Martín (Spanish Oceanographic Institute. Spain)
  8. Implementation of Electronic Monitoring on verification of Good Practices Agreement compliance. Author: Gonzalo Legorburu (Digital Observer Services, Spain)
  9. Further development of video electronic monitoring system to estimate protected species bycatch in shrimp trawl fisheries. Author: John Carlson. Co-authors: Elizabeth Scott-Denton, Morgan Wealti  (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  10. Comparing electronic monitoring system with observer data for estimating non target catch and discards on French tropical tuna purse seine vessels. Author: Karine Briand. Co.-author: Pascal Bach (IRD, UMR MARBEC, Ob7, France)
Session 11: The future of monitoring programs
  1. Looking for trouble: protected species in the Common Fisheries Policy. Author: Bram Couperus (Wageningen University – Marine Research, The Netherlands)
  2. The vital role of observer specimen collections in the advancement of trophic ecology. Author: Nathan Mertz (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  3. Advances in the automated detection and recording of capture events from on-vessel video footage. Author: Tuck, G.N. Co-authors: Wang, D., Little, L.R. and Li, R. (CSIRO Oceand and Atmosphere, Australia)
  4. Responsive Observer Deployment Solutions for Northeast United States Fisheries. Author: Heidi K. Marotta. Co-authors: Nathan Clark, Andrew Jones, Charles Keith, Thomas Liebert, Holly McBride, Michael Palmer (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  5. Testing the effectiveness of electronically monitoring slippage in the midwater trawl herring and mackerel fisheries of the Northeast US. Author: Nichole Rossi. Co-authors: Glenn Chamberlain, Justin Potter, Sara Weeks, Daniel Luers, Morgan Wealti, Mark Hagianis, Adam Cook, Andrew W. Jones, & Amy Martins (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
  6. EM evolution: where do we come from, where are we headed Gathering information from activities at sea has always been challenging. Author: Helena Delgado (Satlink, Spain)
  7. On board automatic identification and quantification of the total catch: the iObserver. Author: Carlos Vilas. Co-author: Luís T. Antelo, Tatiana Ordóñez, Ricardo I. Pérez-Martín, Antonio A. Alonso, Julio Valeiras, Esther Abad, Marta Quinzán, José Miguel Casas, José Luís del Río ( Institute of Marine Research – CSIC, Spain)
  8. Alternative fishing method to save a California fishing heritage: the deep set buoy gear approach. Author: Jody Van Niekerk. Co-author: Charles Villafana (Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, USA)

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