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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).



Aerostats use buoyant gas to float and stay aloft in the air and are a platform technology to hold payloads of sensors, cameras and more. Aerostats can include self-propelled airships (blimps being the common example of this), unpowered balloons and tethered or moored aircrafts. Moored aerostats are the preferred system as they allow for continuous aerial capabilities for communication, imaging and radar, the highest lifting capacity and are the most stable during windy conditions. They are tethered to a stationary or mobile platform, such as a ground station, mobile trailer or a vessel, to remain relatively stationary and act as a platform for a variety of payloads, including radar or various types of imaging systems. The tether that stabilizes the aerostat provides the electricity and communication cables needed to operate the payloads. The height at which they operate can significantly increase the range of surveillance technology (at 18,000 ft., certain radar can detect activity up to 300 miles). Because aerostats are so large and visible, they may act as a deterrent in some areas. However, aerostats are usually limited to lighter payloads, and their operability may depend on the weather.

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