Solution and Technology
Oceanmind used drones and satellites to monitor fishing activity in UK Marine Protected Areas. The data collected and the techniques used have proven hugely useful to the Marine Management Organisation and the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities in their work to better protect our fisheries.
The project used Electro-Optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar from satellites, combined with AIS and VMS data, which was analysed using Artificial Intelligence. These combined technologies allowed accurate identification of the location and ownership of a vessel, its activities and any signs of suspicious behaviour. Drone were also used for the first time to support enforcement patrol efforts, collect evidence and perform covert investigations.