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Navigate through the categories to find individual products and to learn about the advantages and challenges of different technology types. Successful enforcement systems are often composed of complementary technology products from across multiple categories.

Manned Aircraft

Manned aircraft are a platform technology that can be equipped with a variety of sensors including radars and imaging platforms to detect illegal fishing in real time.

Radar Technologies

Radar systems are a payload technology that transmit electromagnetic waves, and can detect objects by measuring at what point those waves are reflected back to the system.

Automatic Identification System

An Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a vessel tracking system and was originally developed to help avoid vessel collisions.

Vessel Monitoring System

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) are installed on commercial fishing vessels to allow regulatory agencies to monitor position, time, course and speed of the vessel.

Acoustic Monitoring

Acoustic monitoring consists of using hydrophones, also known as underwater microphones, to detect underwater noises and are integrated onto platforms such as buoys, cabled systems or unmanned underwater vehicles.

Satellite Observation

Satellites are comprised of two main parts: the payload (the sensor that takes the pictures) and the bus (the hardware that gets it into space and keeps it running).



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Warden of the Seas

Two sailors walk into a bar. The topic of the evening? Transparency on our oceans. By Ariella Knight and Kaila Harris

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Satellite Observation

Satellites are comprised of two main parts: the payload (the sensor that takes the pictures) and the bus (the hardware that gets it into space and keeps it running). The capabilities of an imaging satellite depend on the sensor in the payload, but regardless most image processing is completed at the ground station with specific software. Traditionally, satellites have been prohibitively expensive and limited to militaries and the defense contractors. However, the private sector is increasingly innovating in this space creating greater commercial availability and affordability. Satellite companies typically charge a fee per image, and some have options to pay for more or less data processing based on needs and budgets. The greatest constraint on satellite data for marine enforcement is the processing delay of approximately three days from image capture to data delivery making this far from “real time” detection. Additionally, optical satellite imagery is by low return rates in which satellites cannot “follow” vessels but rather take a picture of the same area once every ten days, or month. Innovation of smaller and closer satellites, often called cube-sats or nano-sats, is greatly reducing the return rate to allow for daily pictures and closer to real time tracking of vessel movements.

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