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Monitoring Closed Areas - freefish7 - 04-07-2018

The council is looking at enforcement priorities and monitoring closed areas will likely make that list. We need to look at options for marking closed areas with data buoys. Existing buoys could be moved and equipped with cameras to collect fishery independent data and prevent poaching. The buoys would provide visual markers and radar targets we can easily avoid. There would be recorded proof for court cases against anyone dumb enough to poach with cameras watching. Live video feeds from surface and underwater cameras could be streamed online with advertisers to help provide funding. This solution would protect closed areas and the rights of fishermen while being a great educational tool anyone could access.