The EMREP project is a partnership between the technology companies OLSPS, Imenco AS, and the University of Algarve. It aims to improve fishing data collection and reporting capabilities by modernizing existing electronic data management systems to maximize the potential benefits from the Blue Economy.
This will be achieved by providing a complete electronic monitoring and reporting solution for the Portuguese fisheries through the integration of video cameras into the electronic logbook Olrac, using as a case study, a PhD project on elasmobranchs bycatch in the crustacean fisheries.
In 2021, Sofia Graça Aranha and the EMREP team installed three video cameras and tested the integrated electronic monitoring and reporting technology, the iEMR Olrac, onboard of IPMA’s RV Mário Ruivo during the annual Crustacean and Demersal surveys. The cameras were installed in strategic places in order to cover fishing deck and sorting areas. The goal of those trials was to test the iEMR Olrac and to make sure that the system was operating satisfactorily before the at sea trials in commercial fishing vessels that are taking place in 2022.
EMREP project is funded by EEAGrants Portugal in the scope of the Blue Growth Programme, funded by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEAFM 2014-2021).