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A New Force Emerges to Manage and Deliver Best Practices for Global Fisheries Monitoring

A New Force Emerges to Manage and Deliver Best Practices for Global Fisheries Monitoring

Nigrán, Spain | Victoria, Canada         

Marine Instruments and Archipelago Marine Research Form a Strategic Partnership

June 13, 2017 - Archipelago Marine Research (AMR) and Marine Instruments (MI) are now working together to enable ongoing advancement and implementation of Electronic Monitoring (EM) technology around the world. Marine Instruments brings a strong worldwide presence in the marine industry as well as years of technical innovation in marine electronics. Archipelago pioneered EM technology, and are recognized experts in the design and implementation of EM programs in all fishery types. This business arrangement allows for further advancement of EM technology throughout the world and increased adoption of EM as a viable solution for fisheries monitoring. The formal agreement was signed by both organizations in Victoria, BC, Canada on June 2, 2017.

“The fisheries industry needs more effective and efficient monitoring,” explained Mr. Gabriel Gómez, Marine Instruments General Manager, “Our new arrangement with Archipelago Marine Research ensures we are meeting that need – now and into the future.”


Complementary Skills Serve the Commercial Fishing Industry Better

“The alliance allows each company to focus on our complementary strengths in a way that ensures high quality, cost-effective EM programs,” says Howard McElderry, Archipelago’s VP of Monitoring Technologies, “this is a big win for fisheries sustainability around the world.”  

A key element of this agreement involves the transfer of EM intellectual property (details on media site) from Archipelago to Marine Instruments. Marine Instruments’ expertise in research, design and high volume manufacturing of high quality marine electronics gives the industry a focused leader in EM technology to improve capability, increase production and reduce user costs. Archipelago brings their years of EM experience to work closely with Marine Instruments to help develop new products and create best-in-class quality products. Archipelago will continue to own and manage the development of its EM Interpret (EMI) data review software outside of this agreement.

Together, Archi­pelago and Marine Instruments bui­ld on thei­r reputat­ions for excellence ­in the appl­icati­on of electron­ic moni­tori­ng technology ­in commercial f­isher­ies worldwi­de and look forward to lead­ing the EM industry ­into a new era.


Media Inquiries:

Archipelago Marine Research                                           Marine Instruments

Gord Snell                                                                              Greg Hammann                                          
1-250-383-4535                                                                     +1-703-309-3738


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About Marine Instruments:

Marine Instruments is a Spanish company focused on the design and manufacture of electronic equipment mainly for the fisheries sector. Since beginning in 2003, quality and innovation are cornerstones around which technology solutions tailored to the market and customer needs were developed. MI R&D team works toward continuous product improvement and the development of innovative and cost effective solutions. Our electronic monitoring solutions (eEye) are being used in the Spanish tuna fleet, as well as several other vessel types and fisheries outside of Spain. Marine Instruments has an Integrated Management System certified with the ISO 9001 Quality Standard, the UNE 166002 for R&D, and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

About Archipelago Marine Research:

For more than three decades, Archipelago Marine Research has helped fisheries, coastal communities, and industry regulators to implement sustainable practices through atsea and dockside observer programs, electronic monitoring technology, and marine environmental services. Archipelago’s fishery monitoring programs are optimized for each fishery, vessel, and gear type; employing human observers or automated alternatives as appropriate. Archipelago has led the development of video–based fishery monitoring alternatives for more than a decade; today, the company’s varied portfolio of fishery monitoring programs and services extends throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and beyond.


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