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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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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. Most manned aircraft are fixed-wing airplanes that are launched from land. However, rotorcraft, or helicopters, are typically preferred if launched directly from boats because they do not need a runway. Manned aircraft vary in endurance, speed, range, and operational costs. Manned aircraft remain one of the few options for enforcement and interdiction of illegal fishing in real time although they are most often used for surveillance purposes. The design of light to medium size aircraft specifically for maritime surveillance is a recently growing market. Prior to this, formerly military aircraft were used in this role and are associated with high purchasing and operational costs. There are options both to purchase aircraft or to purchase services, as in a “pay per patrol” model with a commercial operator that can suit different budgets, technical capacities and patrol needs.

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