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seefish Dockside Monitoring Inc.

The History of Monitoring

In July 1989, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans commissioned a report, to be prepared by the Scotia-Fundy Groundfish Task Force, to make recommendations for changes to the management of the groundfish fishery.

This became known as the Hache Task Force.

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One of the biggest complaints during the Scotia-Fundy Groundfish Task Force consultations was that fisheries management decisions were being based on inadequate and unreliable catch data. The Task force responded to the criticism by recommending that a comprehensive system of reporting and monitoring catches, both at sea and on land, be developed and implemented.

DFOThe Department of Fisheries and Ocean's (DFO) main purpose in implementing the dockside monitoring program was to ensure timely verification and reporting of the weight or volume of fishermen's catches at designated and non-designated landing sites, and to improve the quality of the data received from industry. Commercial fishing licences require that fishermen be subject to dockside monitoring.

Dockside monitoring has become an integral part of the management of the fishery. The dockside monitoring program is an important part of the regulatory structure of licensing of commercial fishermen and the ongoing conservation efforts in the fisheries. The program is delivered by a company or association that is arms length to DFO and the fishing enterprises it services.

The integrity of the monitoring program depends on the ability of dockside monitoring companies and their observers to carry out their responsibilities impartially and accurately. Furthermore, they must be perceived as and have the reputation of performing their duties without being influenced by relationships with those they monitor. (Regulatory Consulting Group Inc., 1996) (Hache, 1989)

The first dockside monitoring company, Scotia-Fundy Catch Monitoring Association, was established in December of 1990. A non-profit association, it had a volunteer board of directors consisting of industry representatives recruited by DFO to assist in the implementation of the first dockside monitoring company. At that time, the program was funded to a large degree by Human Resources Development Canada through a job development training program, with additional funding support provided by DFO.

The dockside monitoring program has undergone many changes over the past number of years. One of the most significant changes was the move from a government funded program to a user-pay system. As a result of taking on the costs of the program directly, industry became increasingly concerned about the cost of dockside monitoring' they were looking for services to be delivered in as cost effective a manner as possible. This led to the development of new dockside monitoring companies as it was recognized that this was now a competitive marketplace where quality and cost-effective service were the key in servicing the industry.


It is our goal to make life easier for the fishermen .

Please feel free to contact us at 506 747-3550 or toll free 1-866-322-6550. We strive to fulfill the monitoring needs of the individual and companies equally and impartially.