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Improving fisheries monitoring through integrating passive and active satellite-based technologies

Both in European and international waters, there is a need for control measures to ensure that agreed management measures are respected. Monitoring the fisheries, i.e. the operation of the fishing fleet, is an important aspect of fisheries control. Furthermore, to be effective, the information needs to be made available as soon as possible, preferably in real time, and the information must be compatible with systems presently used by fisheries authorities. Satellite surveillance systems have a potential for being coupled with existing vessel monitoring systems in a way that could significantly improve the efficiency of the fisheries control.

Objectives
The main objective of the project is to explore the possibilities of extending the existing
capabilities in fisheries monitoring and control by integrating a passive system based on
satellite imagery into a complete monitoring package. In particular, the project will
develop, improve and assess methodology and tools that will allow near real-time access
to space-borne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery and integration and comparison of this information with the vessel monitoring system (VMS) position reports in order to
improve and support control activities.

Results
Development of vessel detection and identification server.
Development of an image database.
Integrating active and passive system (extending FMCs' software to include, elaborate and visualise SAR detected positions, developing a decision support tool).
Improvement of communication links.
Development of an overall concept for fisheries monitoring.
A workshop will be held at the end of the project in one of the fisheries monitoring centres (FMCs).

Classified in FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

Scientist responsible for the project

Mr DAVID WILKINSON
Via FERMI 1
21020 ISPRA
Austria - AT

Phone: 390332789947
Fax: 390332789923
E-mail: david.wilkinson@jrc.it

References

Project ID QLRT-2000-02266
Organisation EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Area 5.1.1
Start date 01 January 2002
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 3 153 863 €
Total EC contribution   1 584 430 €
Status Completed

The partners

  • INSPECCAO-GERAL DES PESCAS, Austria - AT
    igp@igp.pt
  • INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, Austria - AT
    jmt@inesc.pt
  • MINISTRY OF MERCANTILE MARINE FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, Austria - AT
    kpx@mail.yen.gr
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