E-monitoring technologies are being trialled onboard vessels in some fisheries for their potential benefits in improving management, reporting, and cost efficiencies [e.g. 1]. They have the potential to ensure data collections are timely, accurate, adaptable to emerging needs, and capable of providing data at a scale that will support management and scientific needs [2]. Furthermore, E-monitoring has the potential to expand the data collected by freeing at-sea observers to concentrate on data fields or tasks that cannot be collected via E-Monitoring.

Literature in this category includes studies, trials and reports that document the advantages and disadvantages of E-monitoring for bycatch species. Technical specifications, issues that require further attention, best practices and data quality and analysis are also covered.


  1. Ruiz, J., Batty, A., Chavance, P., McElderry, H., Restrepo, V., Sharples, P., Santos, J. and Urtizberea, A. 2015. Electronic monitoring trials on in the tropical tuna purse-seine fishery. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72: 1201-1213.
  2. Anon. 2015. Fisheries Electronic technology implementation plan - Highly Migratory Species NOAA Fisheries Service, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, Office of Sustainable Fisheries Electronic technology implementation plan - Highly Migratory Species.