Feature story

Monitoring fishing with onboard cameras and other technology

AFMA has been working in partnership with commercial fishers to trial onboard cameras and electronic monitoring equipment in a number of
Australian fisheries.

Electronic monitoring equipment is also being installed on a number of vessels in the South Australian shark gillnet fishery to provide a cost-effective alternative for the collection of data on interactions with threatened, endangered and protected species.

AFMA’s electronic monitoring systems use sensors to automatically trigger the recording of footage of fishing activity in Commonwealth waters. This footage is recorded to a hard drive on the fishing boat, and is later collected by AFMA for review and analysis.

The data obtained from the camera footage complements existing data collection programs from observers, logbooks and vessel
monitoring systems.

AFMA has completed recent trials and cost-benefit analyses of electronic monitoring technology in the Northern Prawn Fishery and Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery

In addition AFMA issued a Temporary Order requiring 100 percent independent, on-board monitoring in some areas of the Gillnet Hook and Trap Fishery, and is funding the installations of 12 boats with electronic monitoring technology to assist industry comply with this direction.

The electronic monitoring equipment installed on boats. The GPS receiver tells AFMA where the boat is at all times, the winch sensor and hydraulic pressure transducer detect when fishing equipment is being used. As soon as fishing activity is detected the cameras automatically begin filming the activity.

The electronic monitoring equipment installed on boats. The GPS receiver tells AFMA where the boat is at all times, the winch sensor and hydraulic pressure transducer detect when fishing equipment is being used. As soon as fishing activity is detected the cameras automatically begin filming the activity.