Keeping Fishing Fleets Honest
In early 2011, C Security Systems was approached by a Portuguese fishing company that needed to secure its supply chain. Despite MPA laws and company regulations, the company had few means of making sure that its boats were not fishing in restricted waters. Aware of the public scandal that can ensue when commercial companies are found to be profiteering from illegal catch, the company reached out to C Security Systems to help make the activities of its fleet more transparent.
C Security Systems worked with the company to design geofences, virtual fences around a given area that, when breached by vessels with linked technology, send alerts back to authorities. C-Pod set up geofences around MPAs off the coast of Portugal to monitor for vessel incursions, and then fit every vessel in the fleet with C-Pod technology that was programmed with the GPS of these invisible fences. Every time a boat entered the prohibited areas, the home office received an alert. Even if boats were too far from shore to send live updates, C-Pod’s memory stores all GPS locations and sends them to authorities as soon as possible, letting the company know after the fact which vessels had acted illegally and which hauls needed to be inspected for illegally caught fish.
The real beauty of C-pod is in its power to deter illegal activity. The presence of monitoring technology, with the promise by the company to hold fishermen to account, reduces the likelihood of engagement in illegal fishing in the first place. C-Pod has proven to be an agile tool to help the private sector secure their supply chains against illegal fishing and do their part in protecting MPAs.