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Client UpdateCOVID-19 Business Continuity 

23 March 2020 

As all of us adjust to the current environment surrounding COVID-19 we want to ensure we keep our valued clients updated on how Archipelago is managing our staffour business and our commitment to you during these uncertain times. 

We have set our primary goal to keep our staff and their families safe and healthy and with that goal as our focus, we are adapting our business processes accordingly. We are proud to say that we already had a lot of protocols in place for dealing with a significant business interruption like COVID-19, but like so many businesses, the speed at which we have been forced to adjust has been challenging. 

We have many of our staff working remotely and for those that are unable to, they are managing their health and safety by following protocols set out by our local health agencies. A large component of our business involves being in close contact on vessels or on the dock, so at times it can be difficult, but our staff are doing a great job to be flexible to all your needs and requirements while staying safe. 

At this time, it is business as usual for Archipelago with respect to supporting our clients with all their monitoring and reporting needs in the fisheries we support across the globe.  

We are proud to be an important part of the seafood supply chain in the markets we serve and will endeavor to deliver our services with minimal interruptions to ensure these food chains stay open and active during these challenging times. We are monitoring all aspects of our business constantly and making adjustments as needed to keep the doors open and support all of you and your businesses. 

For any specific questions relating to the work we do for you or your members, continue to reach out directly to your contacts within Archipelago. Our phone line (026 1621 192) is active and being answered during regular business hours. We can also be reached by email at info@archipelago-ap.com.au. Any service needs, including concerns about items such as hard drive supply can be made through phone (0429 468 271) or by email at service@archipelago-ap.com.au 

We will continue to work with our local health agencies, our team members and our industry partners in the coming days to ensure we are able to provide services to all of you in a safe and healthy manner. If any changes occur, we will continue to update our website, social media and all members of our leadership team so you can get up to date information and make informed decisions about your operations. 

We look forward to working together to push through this crisis and are thankful to all our clients for putting their trust in Archipelago for all these yearsespecially during challenging times like today.  

Stay safe and stay healthy. 

Gord Snell  
President and CEO, Archipelago


Andrew Fedoruk
General Manager, Archipelago Asia Pacific 

Fisheries monitoring for Australia and New Zealand

Archipelago Asia Pacific provides independent at-sea fisheries monitoring programs to help fisheries manage and maintain our shared ocean resources. Based in Canberra, Australia, Archipelago Asia Pacific is a subsidiary of Archipelago Marine Research—an industry pioneer with more than 35 years experience delivering fisheries monitoring and assessment services.

CCTV technology and programs for fisheries monitoring

Electronic monitoring

Fisheries monitoring programs and technology for profiling fishing activity at sea
observers for fisheries monitoring

Onboard observers

Industry–certified review and reporting of fishing procedures, catch, bycatch and discards at sea
Fisheries monitoring at dockside

Port verification

Independent evaluation and biological sampling of catch offloaded at the dock
Marine environmental monitoring

Environmental consulting

Complete program design and management for sustainable coastal development

Fisheries monitoring

Archipelago works closely with fisheries, government regulators, and resource industry groups to deliver independent fisheries monitoring and review programs. Archipelago’s fisheries monitoring programs are optimized for each fishery and gear type, employing human observers (at sea and dockside), electronic monitoring, or both as appropriate for the application.

CCTV–based electronic monitoring

Since introducing its CCTV–based solution more than a decade ago, Archipelago has continually refined this technology, deploying more than 600 electronic monitoring (EM) systems, and recording more than 40,000 sea days each year. Whether you’re monitoring several boats or an entire fleet, Archipelago can help you to plan, launch, and manage your fisheries monitoring program.

Responsible fisheries management

Archipelago offers training, consulting, and certified data–review services, plus all the specialized equipment and software you need to monitor, log, and review fishing activity at sea.

  • Log sets, hauls, and sorting
  • View catch, bycatch, and discards
  • Verify fishing times and locations
  • Identify size and species of catch
  • Enforce license conditions
  • Review quota–management efforts
  • Assess protected–species interactions
  • Display fishing activity in real time
Reviewing fishing logs

A tradition of innovation

With an international portfolio spanning North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Archipelago monitors a full range of fisheries and gear types, and helps manage fisheries resources throughout some of the world’s most challenging climates and conditions, from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean and beyond.

Notable applications include a project with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) to test electronic monitoring on tropical tuna vessels, and most recently, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) selected Archipelago to provide electronic monitoring services and equipment for selected Commonwealth fisheries around Australia.

Established in 1978, Archipelago Marine Research is a world leader in electronic fisheries monitoring programs and technologies. For more information, visit Archipelago Marine Research.

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“Archipelago understands the fishing industry; they respect fishermen and know how to plan, implement, and integrate at-sea monitoring programs.”

Linda Behnken

Executive Director, ALFA

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