Apr 27, 2016
Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance in the fishing industry is seen as essential for ensuring the sustainability of a given fishery and there are an increasing number of tools that can be used in the ongoing fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
On the 4th and 5th of March, we attended a workshop hosted by WWF in Auckland, New Zealand, on emerging technologies for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in the fishing industry.
The goal of this workshop was to bring together MCS Professionals and Technology Providers to better understand the existing MCS environment and objectively review and assess the available emerging technologies that might help contribute to less expensive, more effective MCS at a national, regional and global level.
As specialist technology providers for fisheries management, we were keen to meet with other providers whose technology could complement our own and provide an information framework that could benefit Fishing Regulators and Operators across the whole fishing value chain.
Particular technologies that were highlighted at the workshop were; Integrated Satellite Imaging, Tracking Technology and Electronic Monitoring/Fish ID software. We also had a more in depth look at other emerging technologies such as Integrated Electronic Reporting, Laser Imaging and Scanning, Catch Documentation and Traceability Technologies, Integrated Ocean Sensor Technology, Rapid Assessment Genetics and the State of Unmanned Surveillance Technologies.
Both days finished with a panel discussion where participants reviewed the key themes of the day with robust conversations to identify, summarise and record key points. This proved a great forum for thought provoking discussions which highlighted several crucial areas that need attention if we want to achieve positive change in the sustainable management of our fisheries.
Some of the specific challenges that were identified and discussed were:
The MCS workshop proved very worthwhile and we were excited to be part of it and share our thoughts and insights. Two of our main takeaways from the event were:
This blog piece was written by Sam Shukla, Business Analyst at FINNZ, who attended the WWF - Monitoring, Control & Surveillance Workshop. Sam is currently working on the new Fisheries Management System for the NZ Fishing industry, and is also involved in other software solutions for FINNZ customers. Click here to connect with him on LinkedIn.
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