This category includes any other technology that useful to marine enforcement that did not fit into the existing classifications.

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The TREC Battery

The TREC battery is an alternative power source to other battery types, such as a lithium battery, that uses sea temperature changes to keep its charge. The TREC battery lasts significantly longer than its counterpart charging sources, allowing for extended missions out at sea.

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Integrated Systems, Networked Systems and “Big Data”

Integrated information from multiple technologies creates the full picture of illegal activity required for marine enforcement. For example, data sets gathered from camera surveillance, optical satellite imagery, and UAVs can be combined and displayed as data visualizations or maps. Successful integrated systems will effectively manage, combine, and communicate necessary information to users without inundating them with all of the various data points collected.

Earth Insights Project

Hewlett Packard (HP) and Conservation International (CI) joined up to launch HP Earth Insights. This partnership works to leverage HP technology and expertise in order to improve the speed and accuracy of the analysis of data collected through the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network.

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Earth Observation Platform

The Earth Observation Platform gathers raw sensor data from camera traps, unmanned aerial systems and satellite imagery, and combines this information into digital maps and 3D models, allowing the user to effectively monitor large areas.

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Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch is an online platform that shows satellite imagery of all global fishing activity in near real time.

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OceanExplorer is a digital field journal that allows users to communicate findings, sightings and other information during at-sea operations.

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Navama's seeOcean platform is a web-based, vessel track explorer with global coverage. The platform tracks global vessel movements using satellite and terrestrial Automatic Identification System, Vessel Monitoring System and GPS data.

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Windward Maritime Analytics System

Windward’s Maritime Analytics System gathers, organizes and analyzes maritime data from a variety of sources, including automatic information system (AIS) data and other private, public and commercial data, to create a one stop shop for accessible information on maritime activity, including illegal fishing, to its users.

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Mobile Technologies

Mobile technologies provide the opportunity to share and access data, document suspicious activity, and spread awareness. Various smartphone apps can be inexpensively developed to store geotagged photographs and anonymously alert authorities, for example, and these cheap tools can be utilized by everyone from fishermen, marine patrols, law enforcement or other actors in the field. Mobile technologies play a supportive role to the other technology in this catalogue, and can enhance communications across networks.

Catch Documentation System

The Catch Documentation System (CDS), designed in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, was created to provide full traceability throughout the supply chain and enable small fishing fleets to legally record details on their catch.

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Mfish is a smartphone application that was launched in 2014 in partnership between the US Department of State and private companies Tone and XL.

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SMART Conservation Software

SMART is data collection software that allows rangers to input poaching data on their smart phones, which the software then converts into maps and other visual displays.

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Onboard Observation Technology

Onboard observation technology, which includes electronic monitoring, refers to any kind of system that allows for remote collection, records, and reports of fishing activity. This may include onboard video surveillance or other hardware to ensure compliance standards are met, in order to reduce the need for a human observer. This technology requires cooperation from the fishing vessel, and would be very helpful to support traceability programs.

Bushnell Marine Binoculars

Bushnell Marine Binoculars are buoyant, waterproof and corrosion resistant, offering an ideal, low-tech aid to maritime surveillance - whether you're keeping an eye on the bad guys or navigating through difficult weather, these binoculars can help.

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Electronic Monitoring System

Saltwater Inc.'s electronic monitoring (EM) system integrates video and sensor data to provide a cost effective review of fisheries activities

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Electronic Monitoring System and Data Review Software

Archipelago Marine Research can help with planning, launching and managing electronic monitoring (EM) programs by offering training, consulting and certified data-review services.

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SeaTube is an on board video recording system that allows ship owners, research centers and fishing administrations, among others, to control and manage vessel activity.

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Onboard Tracking & Geofencing Technology

There are typically two ways that geofencing can be applied to MPA enforcement. The first is as a boat alarm, which the operator uses to track their own boat and is notified when it leaves programmed GPS parameters. This could possibly be used to trace paths of vessels or as an anti-corruption tool by local coast guard or law enforcement, since it provides greater visibility as to where in the maritime space the boat patrols are located. Alternatively, geofencing can be used to notify boats that they have entered a marine protected area (MPA). In this case, a virtual perimeter would be established using GPS coordinates from buoys or other devices. If a vessel crosses the invisible line into the MPA, the boat receives a ping to let them know they need to turn around. This notification can be transmitted across cellular networks, AIS, VMS, or satellite communications. Because geofencing requires a device to send the notification to, the technology relies on the cooperation of the fishing vessel.


The C-pod is a boat alarm and GPS tracking system that uses geofencing to establish the vessel's position and notifies the user upon theft or unauthorized movement of the vessel.

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Nav-Tracker Systems

Nav-Tracker is a monitoring system designed to track and monitor vessels.

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Pelagic Data Systems Vessel Tracking System

The Pelagic Vessel Tracking System (VTS) is a solar-powered data collection device that is suitable for tracking smaller vessels that are often excluded from existing tracking systems, such as automatic identification system (AIS) and vessel management system (VMS) that are used for fleet management.

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Scorpion Track Marine

The ScorpionTrack is a geofencing device that acts as theft protection for vessels. The device provides remote updates on speed, direction, battery condition and location details of a vessel.

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Siren Pixie Remote Boat Monitoring Devices

Siren Marine offers remote boat monitoring solutions that provides geofence tracking, location data, bilge water level, battery level and temperature.

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