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

Contract nr: QLRT-CT-2000-02266
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date:
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 3,153,863 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,584,430 EUR
Scientific Officer:
Research topic: 5.4. Support for common policies (Common Agricultural/Fisheries Policy)

Abstract:
Comparisons of VMS position reports with vessel position extracted from spaceborne SAR imagery have shown that the ScanSAR N beam mode of RADARSAT can be used to complement VMS reports for monitoring fishing areas. We propose the development and assessment of an automatic system which will send requests for SAR images, receive them, perform the detection and classification of vessels, and send the results in electronic form to the authorities. The necessary tools will be developed for the integration of SAR and VMS at the fisheries monitoring centre and the transmission of information onwards to the inspectors and back to those developing and assessing the identification and classification algorithms. All components of a proposed system, including communication links between satellite, ground station and authorities, will be analysed with a view to maximising their accuracy, speed and cost-effectiveness.

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 the integration and comparison of this information with the vessel monitoring system (VMS) position reports in order to improve and support control activities.


Coordinator
David WILKINSON
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Ispra
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0332789947
Fax: +39 0332789923
E-mail: david.wilkinson@jrc.it


Partners
  Arturo AVELLO DIEZ DEL CORRAL.
DIRECCION GENERAL DE RECURSOS PESQUEROS
Madrid
SPAIN
Tel.: 914027362
Fax: 913091229
E-mail: drpesmar@mapya.es
  Sergio BARREIRA
INSPECCAO-GERAL DES PESCAS
Lisbon
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 213025113
Fax: +351 213025101
E-mail: igp@igp.pt
  Bob CROOKS
FISHERIES DEPARTMENT MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE FISHERIES & FOOD
London
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 2072385692
Fax: +44 2072386474
E-mail: r.crooks@fish.maff.gsi.gov.uk
  Gylfi GEIRSSON
ICELANDIC COAST GUARD
Reykjavik
ICELAND
Tel.: +354 5112222
Fax: +354 5112244
E-mail: gylfi@lhg.is
  Peter GULLESTAD
DIRECTORATE OF FISHERIES, NORWAY
Bergen
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 55238000
Fax: +47 55238090
E-mail: postmottak@fiskeridir.dep.telemax.no
  Josep JOFRE
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Barcelona
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 934017131
Fax: +34 934017130
E-mail: m.forn@ctt.upc.es
  Jean-Luc LELIEVRE
ISO INFORMATIQUE
Aix en Provence
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 42245142
Fax: +33 4 42245149
E-mail: jl-lelievre@iso-informatique.com
  Robert RINGROSH
DEFENSE EVALUATION AND RESEARCH AGENCY
Faghborough
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1252394143
Fax: +44 1252396310
E-mail: RRingrosh@dera.gov.uk
  Remy SERGENT
ALACTEL SPACE INDUSTRIE
Toulouse
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 34356664
Fax: +33 5 34355190
E-mail: remy.sergent@space.alcatel.fr
  Vassilios SKOUNTIS
MINISTRY OF MERCANTILE MARINE FISHERIES DEPARTMENT
Hellas Piraeus
GREECE
Tel.: +30 14220694
Fax: +30 14191414
E-mail: kpx@mail.yen.gr
  Josť TRIBOLET
INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES
Lisbon
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 213100333
Fax: +351 213145843
E-mail: jmt@inesc.pt