Remote electronic monitoring (REM) is a camera monitoring tool placed upon fishing vessels which collects data for scientists to analyse and make science and policy more attuned to the state of the fishery
David Stevens is the skipper of Crystal Sea, based in Newlyn, Cornwall.
Often what fishermen are seeing out at sea is not being reflected in the science or within policy
David Stevens and his crew took part in the Catch Quota Trials, an EU run initiative to monitor all catches by putting remote electronic monitoring devices (cameras) aboard his vessel, to fully document the fishery and to discourage discarding.
To this day they continue to work with cameras aboard their vessel to collect data which will provide fishery managers which feeds a large amount of data into the system to make science and policy more attuned to the state of the fishery
“I now have a greater understanding of what is happening in the room with science and management, such as on stock modelling and policy which I can relay back to other fishermen”
David Stevens, Skipper