Electronic Monitoring Pilot in Ghana
When the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project’s electronic monitoring system (EMS) pilot in Ghana ended in December 2018, 163 fishing trips had been monitored with the onboard EMS, and 154 of those also were reviewed by a land-based observer team. The results showed that Ghanaian tuna purse-seine fisheries would benefit significantly from broadly deploying EMS.
Initiated in October 2015 on five vessels, and supported by ISSF, the pilot aimed to identify an effective national EMS implementation process to collect data for compliance purposes.
Electronic Monitoring Standards
ISSF has long promoted electronic monitoring in fishery management.
In 2016, for example, ISSF hosted a workshop on EMS in tuna fisheries — identifying key implementation challenges and developing scientific recommendations for EMS implementation in tuna RFMOs.
A 2018 ISSF paper presents minimum standards for EMS on tropical tuna purse-seine vessels, which are auditable for demonstrating best practices.
About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF's ultimate objective. To learn more, visit iss-foundation.org, and follow ISSF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.