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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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Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUV)

Typically torpedo-shaped vessels, UUVs are equipped with a variety of sensors suitable for surveillance and oceanographic monitoring. UUVs have a pre-programmed search pattern and cannot be operated remotely. Very useful for collecting data on vessels suspected of illegal activity, UUVs are expensive platforms and run the risk of becoming entangled in natural habitats, fishing gear, or industrial complexes like oil rigs. Gliders are a type of UUVs that are distinct in that they do not rely on a propeller for propulsion but rather on buoyancy variation. They often have more endurance than most UUVs, but operators have less precision of movement or control in high currents.

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