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Electronic Reporting and Monitoring in Fisheries: Data Privacy, Security, and Management Challenges and 21st-Century Solutions

July 2019

Citation: ELR 10670

Author: Monica Medina and Scott Nuzum

As human populations have more than doubled since 1960, pressure on wild fish stocks has increased dramatically. This Article argues that the establishment of an electronic reporting and monitoring regime in U.S. fisheries is both necessary to ensure compliance with statutory imperatives to manage them according to best available science, and essential for continued long-term viability of the U.S. fishing industry. While privacy issues pose some challenge to adoption of emerging technologies, these are not insurmountable, and generally can be addressed with existing legal mechanisms and commonsense improvements to regulation.

Monica Medina is the founder, publisher, and CEO of Our Daily Planet. She previously served as the Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Oceans and Atmosphere in the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2009-2012, and as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from 2012-2013. Scott Nuzum is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Van Ness Feldman, LLP. He previously worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (2009-2012) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (2012-2014).

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