Irving-based Elemental Methods has
been selected by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to develop a
tablet application for the monitoring of commercial fishing catches in the Gulf
of Mexico and Southeast Atlantic Ocean.  The NMFS Southeast Fisheries
Science Center – Panama City Laboratory Observer Program monitors catch and
bycatch on bottom longline fishing vessels.  
Vessels in this fishery
are typically fiberglass and average up to 50 feet in length. Longline
characteristics vary regionally; however, gear normally consists of about 5-15
miles of longline and 500-1500 hooks. Gear is set at sunset and allowed to soak
overnight before hauling back in the morning.  The tablet application will allow NMFS observers to
enter and transmit data while at-sea from fishing vessels using either an existing
vessel monitoring system (VMS) or satellite transmission.

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