New Zealand Fisheries Minister Roll Out Digital Monitoring Technology to Next Level

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In this digital era, every industry becoming the digital for better improvement. Stuart Nash, New Zealand Fisheries Minister recently declared that the team planning to take digital monitoring technology to the next level across the commercial fishing fleet for better improvement.

Mr. Nash said, “Fisheries New Zealand officials are taking steps to extend catch and position reporting across the wider sector. A discussion paper has been released today seeking feedback on proposed changes to regulations.”

According to Mr. Stuart Nash, “This form of digital monitoring is to be extended to the rest of the commercial fishing fleet and land-based fishers, with the roll-out expected to start in the last quarter of 2018. There are approximately 1100 commercial fishing vessels and fishers affected that use a range of fishing methods.” Further, he added, “Geospatial position reporting allows fisheries officials to know where fishing is occurring, and e-logbooks enable more accurate and up-to-date information about catches.”

The digital marketing technology is built from electronic reporting of catch, geospatial position reporting to verify where and when fishing happened and EM or electronic monitoring to verify what is being reported. Fishers will at present be required to record the angling mark in fine detail, however, the changes mean the allow holder will require just confirm the area to roughly 11 km, in this way ensuring the exact area.

The digital marketing technology is an important part that involves working with technology providers to develop the software systems that fishing operators will need.

Nash said, “The Digital Monitoring project is part of a wider fisheries programme to ensure the sustainable economic, social, and cultural value of New Zealand’s fisheries.” Further, Nash added, “We need to strengthen the way we manage fisheries and improve the information we have about our stocks, to give confidence that fish are being caught sustainably.”