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The Maximized Retention Model

The Maximized Retention EM Model is designed to improve accountability and decrease monitoring costs for vessels in the New England Multispecies Groundfish Fishery. In this model, vessels are exempt from minimum size requirements for allocated groundfish species and instead must retain fish that they would otherwise be required to discard (dead) at-sea. EM is used as a compliance tool to ensure all groundfish are landed and, rather than recording discards at-sea, all allocated fish are accounted for on shore by a dockside monitor. GMRI is pioneering novel technology solutions to reduce the cost, logistic and catch handling burdens of EM, improve data transmission time, and build EM system and data utility for participants in the Maximized Retention project. 

By documenting catch on shore and streamlining video analysis, the project team is testing the potential for this model to: 

  1. Decrease catch handling burdens at sea
  2. Reduce the time and cost of video review
  3. Improve landings data critical to management and stock assessment
  4. Open new markets for fish that would otherwise become waste at sea
  5. Increase the accuracy and decrease the uncertainty of fisheries dependent data

GMRI, working in conjunction with the Sustainable Harvest Sector, is in the first year of a 2-year pilot Maximized Retention project. Learn more about the first year of the project in our Year-One Report

Questions about Max Retention? Contact Heather Cronin, Electronic Monitoring Project Manager: or (207) 228-1687