Crews say camera requirement invades privacy

When the longline on the Sea Born is engaged, which is most of the time when it’s out in the Atlantic, two video cameras record everything on the deck and side of the boat.

The cameras look familiar, black half-orbs like the ones commonly seen taking security footage. But they’re not at a mall or a bank, they’re on Capt. Kerry Harrington’s boat, which is his home for days at a time when he is out fishing.

The technology is required for highly migratory species, such as tuna, swordfish, sharks and billfish. It was installed to verify what fishermen are reporting when it comes to things such as discarding dead fish are accurate.

To Harrington, it feels like Big Brother is watching.

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Samuel Hill

Samuel Hill is associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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