OceanMind is continually developing its database of corrected AIS ship type data based on international lists of fishing vessels; including national fishing vessel licence lists, Regional Fisheries Management Organisations vessel authorisation lists, IUU fishing lists, and expert analyst observations.
The Ministry of Environment within the Government of Bermuda were keen to fully understand the available data in order to identify specific compliance threats around the Bermuda Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and looked to OceanMind to help conduct a historic assessment review of every possible fishing/fishing support vessel and their tracks for compliance with relevant fishery rules in the Bermuda Area of Interest (AOI).
Ascension Island Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Monitoring
Ascension Island is a small, isolated island situated in the equatorial waters of the south Atlantic Ocean. Governed as part of the British Overseas Territory, it forms part of the UK’s ‘Blue Belt’ Programme and is working towards becoming a Marine Protected Area. The southern half of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is currently closed as a ‘no-take’ zone to all types of fishing, however fishing is permitted within the northern half of the EEZ.OceanMind, with its advanced monitoring and data analysis expertise was approached to monitor the activities taking place in and around the Ascension EEZ with a specific focus on reporting fishing vessel activity and possible illegal activity taking place.
Tuna Fishery Pole & Line Monitoring
To help enhance the traceability and monitoring of tuna pole and line fisheries, OceanMind conducted compliance risk identification activity over a 3-month period to demonstrate how vessels can be monitored using the standard Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) combined with OceanMind’s technology. This enabled expert fisheries analysts to identify possible compliance issues and provide assurances on the provenance of the tuna product being purchased by key food retailers. It is this continuous monitoring and independent verification of a company’s seafood purchasing that can enhance supply chains and the sustainability of its products.
Chilean Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Analysis and Monitoring
The Chilean Government takes the monitoring of its coastal and maritime territories very seriously and the Directorate General of the Maritime Territory and the Merchant Marine of Chile (DIRECTEMAR – an organisation within the Chilean Navy) operates continuous patrols to safeguard Chile’s waters. To augment these monitoring activities, OceanMind, with its advanced maritime observation techniques, was approached to provide supplementary information and near-real time satellite data to help identify possible, covert instances of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing that may otherwise go undetected.
Thai Vessel Trial – Pilot Programme
Responding to The Royal Thai Government’s requirement to establish a legitimate and transparent supply chain, The Pew Charitable Trusts funded a vessel behaviour analysis pilot project to add greater understanding to the full nature of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing taking place in Thailand’s waters. The Seafood Task Force led the pilot in partnership with OceanMind to deliver the monitoring and analysis results. (www.seafoodtaskforce.global)
The Task Force requested a 5-month pilot project with OceanMind to analyse the fishing behaviour of Thai-flagged fishing vessels in support of the compliance activities of the Thai Department of Fisheries, including those sponsored by four leading Thai Seafood Task Force members: Thai Union, Thai Royal Frozen, Kingfisher and CP Foods.
The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported the continued monitoring of the Pitcairn Islands marine reserve in the central Pacific, which constitutes the entire Pitcairn Island Exclusive Economic Zone, since January 2015. OceanMind, with its advanced monitoring and data analysis technology to interpret vessel behaviour, was chosen to conduct a pilot surveillance project in the Pitcairn Islands to determine if technology assisted analysis and remote sensing capabilities could provide insights into what is happening in remote areas of UK sovereign waters in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts and the British Government.