Area A Dungeness Crab Fishery in Prince Rupert, Canada
In 2010, the Area A Crab Association partnered with Ecotrust Canada to develop an electronic monitoring (EM) system that was cost effective and would adapt to the changing conditions of the fishery.
The EM system is also designed to fit the following best practices:
Buoy registry: At the start of the season, each vessel owner registers their DFO-approved, individual buoy pattern to create an up-to-date electronic registry of buoy patterns.
Trap limit management: The season’s maximum trap limit is distributed, through RFID tag distribution, among the fleet based on vessel length.
Inventory management: Work with vessel owners to inventory the fishing gear they will use for the season, verify that RFID tags in their buoys are working, replace and scan new tags as needed, and collect the associated data.
Area, time, and gear restrictions: During data analysis, vessel compliance with DFO restrictions for the area, time, and gear (including use of hoop traps, soft shell opening and closures, and trap limits) are checked.