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A conversation on data and confidentiality in the U.S. fisheries

Fishing for Data - A 4-part podcast series

Welcome to Fishing for Data, a podcast series that explores the governance of fisheries data under the Magnuson-Stevens Act & related data laws & policies.

What is the future of Electronic Monitoring (EM) in fisheries management?

Effective management of ocean resources is essential to sustain fisheries resources in the face of population growth, over-harvesting, and climate change. Such management requires accurate and reliable data. Toward this end, EM programs and tools aim to generate data that can inform management decisions, provide insights to fisherman, and ideally reduce costs and burdens for all involved. The implementation of EM programs raises certain questions, however, about the uses of EM data, about laws meant to protect the privacy and confidentiality of information collected by such systems, and about the design of the “smart boats” of the future. Fishing for Data is a four-part podcast series that aims to mediate a dialogue among various stakeholders on these key issues and more about the future of EM in fisheries management.

About this podcast series

Fishing for Data is produced by a legal, policy, and environmental science team of fellows from the Duke Center on Law & Tech and sponsored by the Net Gains Alliance, a nonprofit global initiative dedicated to better information for better oceans.

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Cameron Adams holds a Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Coastal Environmental Management and a certificate in geospatial analysis from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. His Masters research focused using drones to monitor coastal climate change on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. At Duke, Cam was an Orrin H. Pilkey Coastal Resilience Fellow and a Nicholas Scholar, and won the Virlis L. Fischer Award for Academic Achievement. He also received awards in advocacy and teamwork from the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.

Prior to Duke, Cam graduated with a BA with Honors in Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College, where his honors thesis focused on the effects of increasing global temperatures on carbon fluxes in permafrost peatlands. He has served as a Research Analyst for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, an intern with The Nature Conservancy, an Environmental Specialist with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and a Marine Geology Field and Data Technician for the Maine Geological Survey.

Kyle Medin is an attorney with Ellis & Winters, LLP in Raleigh and was formerly NC Legal Fellow at the Duke University Office of Counsel where, among other projects, he assisted the University to meet its renewable energy goals and tackle land use issues. As a member of the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Mr. Medin crafted and presented comprehensive policy proposal for local plastics reduction framework. He has served as a Law Clerk with Earthjustice in Tallahassee, FL and as a Legal Intern in Clean Air & Climate with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC.

A graduate of Duke Law School, Mr. Medin was Editor-in-Chief sof the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum and the Environmental Law Society’s Vice President of Finance. He holds a BS in Environmental Studies and a BS in Political Science from Florida State University.

Inès Ndonko Nnoko holds an LL.M. (Masters of Laws) with concentration in Environmental law and policy from Duke University School of Law, where she was the Judy Horowitz Scholar (full-tuition award), a member of the Environmental Law Society, the Black Law Student Association, the Womxn of color collective, and a pro bono volunteer for the Surfrider Foundation and Legal Aid of North Carolina. As a member of the Duke Law Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Ms. Ndonko represented NGOs on environmental policy and regulatory issues and advised local non-profits in plastic bags reduction management proposals.

Prior to her time at Duke Law, Ms. Ndonko earned a Masters of laws in International Business Law from University of Paris 2 Panthéon Assas, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and her LL.B. and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon.

Libba Rollins holds a Masters of Environmental Management with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and a BA in Environmental Studies and Religion from Denison University, where her senior thesis was on “Liberating Life – Threads of Connection Between the Destruction of the Natural World and Social Justice.”

As a member of Duke Law’s Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Ms. Rollins coauthored a 115-page rulemaking petition for the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission on behalf of youth clients to establish a carbon dioxide inventory and budget rule for North Carolina in order to combat climate change and also researched, developed, and wrote the carbon dioxide budget rule in preparation for a hearing before the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. She served as Science and Policy Editor for the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, which focuses on validating the scientific, policy, and economic aspects of articles for one of the nation’s top 10 environmental law journals. She has served as a Policy Advocacy Intern for Environment NC. She also has extensive technical fluency.