Despite America’s recent success bringing its fisheries back from the brink, outdated technology and data collection methods within the National Marine Fisheries Service are holding the fishing community back from reaching its full economic potential.
Federal fishery regulators across the country are saddled with outdated data collection systems and policies; in many cases still collecting information on triplicate paper forms or through randomized phone surveys.
Investment in new technologies and more transparent and efficient reporting and collection processes will save the National Marine Fisheries Service money and improve its relationship with industry.
The report highlighted on this site was prepared by the Fishing Data Innovation Taskforce, a coalition of made up of experts from the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, seafood industry, conservation community and technology industry and was informed by interviews with former government officials, leaders in the fishing industry and others.
You can navigate the full contents of the report through this website, by starting on the “Overview” page and following the prompts at the bottom of each page. You can also download a PDF version of the report by clicking here.