In collaboration with The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Satellite Applications Catapult has developed ‘Eyes on the Seas’, a technology platform that improves ocean sustainability through actionable insight of global fishing activities, legal and illegal. It utilizes multiple data sources, including satellite data, specialist fishing vessel databases and oceanographic data, to surveil vessel activity at sea and alert fisheries analysts to suspicious activity. The analysis provides independent verification and validation of ‘at-sea’ activities and provides information to governments and industry players who are interested in understanding fishing activities in their waters or supply chains in more detail
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Deckhand is an e-logbook mobile application that collects catch data from fishers and uses it to fill out required forms. The mobile app has a built-in GPS function that enables the verification of information input about fishing activities. The mobile app does not require connection; it will continue to store information until it is back within range of a cell tower.
DETECT-IT, a data analytics tool, will help businesses, non-governmental organizations, Customs officers, law enforcement and fisheries officials to search quickly through fish trade data to identify potential illegally caught and traded fish products around the world. The tool helps find discrepancies in reported trade data in both farmed and wild-caught products between countries and raises red flags where laundering or illegal trade may be occurring. Previously, trade data had to be evaluated manually and the process to search for discrepancies was slow and laborious. DETECT-IT significantly speeds up that process, allowing millions of trade records to be searched in mere seconds. Stakeholders anywhere in the world can investigate trade flows for hundreds of fishery products in reported trade from over 170 countries.
Digital Observer Services (DOS) is a fisheries consultancy and Electronic Monitoring (EM) service provider which uses Satlink equipment (Satlink SeaTube), high definition cameras, GPS systems and other information to produce reports on the vessel’s fishing activity.
DOS analyses the video information collected by the Satlink SeaTube system and generates scientific reports on fishing activity based on scientific methods and visual evidence. DOS also helps establish regional data inspection centers, provides training and performs audits in line with their quality criteria.
DigitalGlobe has developed a vessel observation and intelligence mapping software that uses AIS and oceanographic data to provide a comprehensive view of both vessel behavior as well as atmospheric and ocean conditions. Their program has infringement zone alerts that will identify when vessels are present in EEZs, marine protected areas, etc.
The software also includes a fisheries logbook that enables catch data to be exported and forwarded to government regulatory authorities.
Eachmile Technologies is a firm that implements technologies in global food-supply chains. They have developed the applications mFish and Fishcoin for use in the seafood industry.
Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is a UK based registered charity working internationally, addressing issues that link environmental security and human rights, focusing on the global south. EJF’s campaigns include addressing illegal fishing (IUU) and associated human rights abuses, sustainability, and rights issues associated with shrimp production. EJF’s work on fisheries focuses on effective implementation of the European Union IUU Regulation, illegal fishing in the Gulf of Guinea, ending illegal fishing and human rights abuses in the Thai seafood sector, promotion of best practices across the wider Asian region, and an initiative towards greater transparency and traceability in marine fisheries. As part of this project, EJF is calling for a suite of actions: mandatory application of Unique Vessel Identifiers (UVIs) and the development of a Global Record for fishing vessels, the near-term adoption of digital systems in fisheries management, and an end to the exploitation of Flags of Convenience.
In an effort to combat illegal fishing around the world, exactAIS provides immediate identification of non-cooperative IUU vessels in the vicinity of legitimate fishing vessels, allowing for a more targeted response. They also provide data that allows authorities to identify spoofed position reports when comparing a vessel’s reported latitude and longitude, and provide extended surveillance range beyond traditional methods to include areas where vessels are not intended to be fishing.
exactEarth has also partnered with DigitalGlobe to develop a vessel observation and intelligence mapping software that uses AIS and oceanographic data to provide a comprehensive view of both vessel behavior as well as atmospheric and ocean conditions. Their program has infringement zone alerts that will identify when vessels are present in EEZs, marine protected areas, etc.
FINNZ provides services to organisations involved in managing and protecting our environment, natural resources, and heritage. Namely, they developed ‘FINNZ Elements’, a flexible web-based fisheries management solution designed to support all aspects of fisheries administration, including: the management of fishing registers, licensing, catch entitlement, reporting, trading, and financial management activities.
FINNZ Elements provides online catch reporting and support for e-Logbooks and VMS reporting, easing the process of regulatory compliance. It is scalable, and built for integration with third party systems, including financial systems.
FINNZ has partnered with Deckhand, an existing e-logbook provider, and SnapIT, a supplier of solar-powered satellite VMS devices, to develop an all-in-one Electronic Reporting and Global Positioning solution that will be used in New Zealand to support new digital monitoring regulations.
For information on what philanthropic, government, and international agencies are funding initiatives around the world to better seafood traceability and counter-IUU fishing practices, please use the Funding the Ocean map.