Pelagic in the news


November 20, 2016 - "The latest weapon in the fight against illegal fishing? Artificial intelligence" The Guardian

"Facial recognition... is starting to be used in fighting a specific but pervasive type of crime – illegal fishing. Rather than picking out faces, the software tracks the movement of fishing boats to root out illegal behavior. And soon, using a twist on facial recognition, it may be able to recognize when a boat’s haul includes endangered and protected fish..... San Francisco-based startup Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) has developed technology that illuminates the activity of some of the 4.6m small-scale commercial fishing boats that ply coastal waters around the world. .... PDS installs a solar powered radio with an integrated GPS receiver and cellular modem on boats. The company collects the location data and analyzes it to create a map to show where the boat traveled and deduce its activities, such as where it stopped to set out nets or other gear and where and for how long it hauled in a catch. This data is vital because it shows whether the boat fished inside or outside marine protected areas. The device doesn’t have an on/off switch, a design to prevent a fishing crew from tampering with data collection....."

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October 6, 2016 - "How new tech is catching IUU fishing in small-boat fisheries" 

"At Pelagic Data Systems, we developed an autonomous, tamper-proof Vessel Tracking System (VTS) with these small vessels in mind. Our VTS is a solar-powered device, roughly the size and shape of a smartphone, that collects, encrypts, and securely transmits data on a boat’s location, and it can monitor storage temperature and catch methods. By filling in the data gap for small-scale fisheries, this technology complements efforts already under way to rid the world of IUU fishing.... Ultimately, the more ways we can monitor the world’s fishing fleet, the faster we can eradicate IUU fishing and guarantee that fishing resources relied on by billions of people around the globe are sustainably managed."

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September 26, 2016 - "New Partnership Expands Our View to Artisanal Fisheries" by Kimbra Cutlip, GFW News

"Today, Global Fishing Watch is focused on tracking commercial-scale fishing fleets, because they are the ones required to carry Automatic Identification Systems that broadcast their information to satellites. But small, artisanal fishing vessels represent another side of the picture that can’t be ignored.... 

Understanding where and when artisanal boats are fishing and what they catch is critical for effective fisheries management. It is a growing priority for marine conservation. That’s why we’re excited to be partnering with PT Bali Seafood International and Pelagic Data Systems on a pilot program that will install lightweight tracking devices on approximately 100 small artisanal fishing vessels...."

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September 14, 2016 - "CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING SERIES : New Technology for Small-Scale Fisheries Providing Traceability for Sustainable Fishing"

"On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Oceans Caucus Foundation held a briefing on Capitol Hill to showcase a new Pelagic Data Systems fishing technology that provides behavioral traceability of small-scale fisheries and is being integrated by NGOs like Rare into community-based initiatives for more sustainable fishing practices...."

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September 13, 2016 - "Why Your Red Snapper May Have Worn a Tracer" by Elizabeth Weise, USATODAY

"MONTEREY, Calif – In an era when consumers increasingly want to eat sustainable, socially responsible food, tracing fish from the boat to the plate is a holy grail in the seafood industry. The problem: it's very hard to track a fish from the time it's caught till it gets to the seafood counter. ... Pelagic Data Systems. The San Francisco startup has created inexpensive solar-powered satellite systems that allow coastal fishing operators in tiny boats to have the same ability to upload information about their catch in realtime that large industrial fishing boats have."

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