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SPGM Electronic Log Book


Electronic Logbook (ELB) Program Information

     The ELB program provides data on Gulf shrimp fishing effort that is critical to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA Fisheries in performing annual assessments of the status of shrimp stocks.  The ELB program is also a key component in the Council's red snapper rebuilding plan because accurate estimates of juvenile red snapper mortality attributable to the shrimp fishery are essential to the rebuilding plan.

     Vessels selected to participate must carry data recording devices, which are simple time-stamped global positioning system (GPS) units that record and store a vessel's location at 10-minute time intervals.  From these time-stamped locations, vessel speed between points (i.e., stopped, towing, moving between towing points) can be estimated and then evaluated with mathematical algorithms. 

     Thus, effort by location can be calculated for a given fishing trip.  Shrimp catch data for the trip are then used to estimate catch-per-unit-effort  for the trip at various fishing locations. Shrimp effort estimates for various locations, time periods, or vessels are provided to NOAA Fisheries each trimester (i.e., 4-month time period).  Vessels selected for the program must also provide the size and number of shrimp trawls deployed for each set and the type of bycatch reduction device and turtle excluder device used.  NOAA Fisheries will not allow renewal of permits for selected vessels that are selected but do not participate in the ELB program.

    The cellular electronic logbook (cELB) is simply a newer, more efficient version of the ELB originally developed in 2007. The cELB uses cellular data networks to transmit data back to NMFS where it can be analyzed. 

cELB Project Development Timeline

 

February 1, 2014 - Estimating Effort & Logbook Data Flow Diagrams Published.

Diagrams developed to give a high level overview for fishermen to see how the data is collected and used.  
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January 27, 2014 - Frequently Asked Questions Published.

cELB Frequently Asked Questions site which aims to answer common questions related to the cELB program.
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January 24, 2014 - SPGM Permit Holders Selected for cELB Duty Sent Selection Letters.

SPGM Permit holders selected for cELB duty will begin receiving USPS certified letters outlining the process for enrolling in the program. SPGM Permit holders must activate a machine to machine cellular account using the unique modem ESN provided in the selection letter. Once they have activated their cellular account, selected permit holders must then contact us and provide a secure shipping address. Detailed instructions on selected permit holder responsibilities are available on the cELB FAQ Selection page.  

The selection letter was also translated into Vietnamese and is being made available here for Vietnamese speaking SPGM Permit holders.
 
    (Vietnamese Selection Letter)

December, 27, 2013 - Federal Register Framework Action. 50 CFR Part 622.

NMFS establishes funding responsibilities for an upgrade to the electronic logbook (ELB) program as described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) Fishery Management Council (Council). Newer and more efficient ELB units have been purchased by NMFS for the Gulf shrimp fleet and are available for installation on Gulf shrimp vessels. Therefore, NMFS establishes a cost-sharing program to fund the ELB program.

Link goes to framework action.
 
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December 27, 2013 - Southeast Regional Office Issues Fisheries Bulletin.

Since 2007, Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) shrimp fishermen have been required to participate in the ELB program if selected. With the cost sharing program, selected Gulf shrimp vessel permit holders must pay for the costs of installing and maintaining the ELB units and the cost of data transmission through a wireless provider. NOAA Fisheries has purchased the ELB units, and will pay for software development, data storage, effort estimation analysis, and archival activities.

Link goes to SERO Fisheries Bulletin.
 
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October & November 2013 - cELB Testing on NMFS R/V Caretta.

Ongoing field testing on the NOAA research vessel Caretta. The Caretta was outfitted with a cellular electronic logbook and has been used for offshore and near shore testing during October and November 2013.

Linked October and November GIS cELB maps for R/V Caretta to the right.
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August 20, 2013 - cELB Informational Letter to Fishermen.

cELB Program informational letter is being sent out to fishermen informing them of the electronic log book program. The Gulf shrimp fishery is one of the nation's most economically valuable fishery in the Gulf. The current ELB program provides data on Gulf shrimp fishing effort that is critical to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA Fisheries in performing annual assessments of the status of shrimp stocks. The ELB program is also a key component in the Council's red snapper rebuilding plan because accurate estimates of juvenile red snapper mortality attributable to the shrimp fishery are essential to the rebuilding plan.

Images right linked to informational letter; Vietnamese version far right.
 
    (click for .pdf) (Vietnamese version)

July 15, 2013 - Framework Action to Establish Funding Responsibilities for the Electronic Logbook Program in the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico Including Regulatory Impact Review, Regulatory Flexibility Act Analysis, and Social Impact Assessment.

The purpose of this action is to maintain the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) ability to monitor and document offshore effort for the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) shrimp fleet through an electronic logbook (ELB) program . The need is to base conservation and management measures on the best scientific information available and to minimize bycatch to the extent practicable, as required by the Magnuson - Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Image right linked to framework action including regulatory impact review, regulatory flexibility act analysis, and social impact assessment.
 
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July 2013 - cELB Development and Testing Ongoing.

Initial field testing with cELB device between Stennis Space Center and Grand Isle, Louisiana. Second test was on a reef fish survey of Madison-Swanson Marine Protected Area south of Panama City, Florida.

Linked images of initial testing in Grand Isle, Louisiana and Panama City, Florida.
 
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