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The Development of Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (iEMR) Technology for Fisheries in Portugal (EMREP).
Improving overall fishing data collection and reporting capabilities (compliance, scientific and management) and reducing bycatch, using deep-sea elasmobranchs as a case study.
Most of the world’s commercial fish stocks are heavily depleted and an estimated 70% of fish populations are biologically vulnerable and depleted to well below their Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) due to sustained over fishing.
The EEA and Norway Grants are funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Grants have two goals – to contribute to a more equal Europe, both socially and economically – and to strengthen the relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and the 15 Beneficiary States in Europe. The objective of the Grants is to reduce social and economic disparities and strengthen bilateral relations. This strengthens the internal market, leading to a more prosperous Europe.
The aim of the EMREP project is to deploy the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (iEMR) solution, specifically modified to fit the Portuguese commercial fishing fleet with the objectives of improving overall fishing data collection and reporting capabilities (compliance, scientific and management) in Portugal and reducing bycatch, using deep-sea elasmobranchs as a case study.
Create an innovative and complete technological system which is convenient to both researchers and fishers, allowing them to quickly and accurately enter environmental and fisheries related information in the Olrac system.
Transmit environmental and fisheries related information to their respective research institutions or other potential stakeholders such as fisheries, management authorities or policy advisors.
Provide an additional means of verification of fishing activities happening on board deep-sea crustacean bottom-trawlers by integrating Electronic monitoring (using photos, video, etc.) of discards, bycatch and other fishing activities will be integrated with the Olrac system.
Customize the existing proprietary technology – which is currently at TRL9 – and developing it for the specific use of Portuguese research institutions and fisheries sector.
The Integrated OLRAC System
Funded by the EEA grants, the EMREP project aim is to improve fishing practices by equipping the Portuguese commercial fishing fleet with a real time, modern and effective, integrated electronic, monitoring and reporting system (iEMR). The final iEMR solution will allow resource managers to significantly improve the management of the Portuguese fish stocks and fishers to improve their fishing performance while at the same time ensuring resource conservation and the reduction of, unwanted and vulnerable, by-catch species.