LuxSpace, navama and WWF awarded new contract European Space Agency (ESA) to design fishery monitoring system | WWF

LuxSpace, navama and WWF awarded new contract European Space Agency (ESA) to design fishery monitoring system

Posted on 14 October 2014    
 Développement du phytoplancton, image satellite, Cape Nordkinn
ESA satellite image
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 LuxSpace, the technology and space company, navama - technology for nature and WWF, the global conservation organisation have been awarded an ESA (European Space Agency) development contract for the design of an innovative fishery monitoring system.

The system will exploit satellite technology in the surveillance of fishing activities to promote legal and transparent fishing operations. Targeted at certified sustainable fisheries, the new system retraces the routes and activities of fishing vessels and assesses the conformity of fishing operations with sustainability standards and rules. Moreover, this information will be made available to seafood customers via a smartphone app.

“This interesting application shows how satellite technology can support fisheries which are committed to sustainable fishing practice and can significantly enhance the credibility of eco-labeled seafood products among consumers”, said Jochen Harms, Managing Director of LuxSpace.

The app/technology can visualize routes of fishing vessels and recognize certain fishing activities. Users can notice if boundaries of marine protected areas or fish nursery areas are being respected. The project contract volume amounts to EUR 800.000 of which 50% is financed by ESA.

The TransparentSea service will be developed together with navama GmbH, a Munich based Technology Company and WWF, one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries.

„Good systems to monitor fishing activities and track fish catches are fundamental to make fisheries operations transparent and ensure that seafood products are legally caught. This new technology is an important step to improve monitoring of certified fisheries and to combat illegal fishing”, said Alfred Schumm, WWF’s Smart Fishing Initiative Leader.

"Transparency and cooperation are key success factors in global marine conservation. We are proud of being jointly awarded the contract with LuxSpace and WWF to show the potential of transparent fishing operations", said Dr. Andreas Struck from navama.

The project named TransparentSea belongs to ESA´s ARTES 20 Integrated Application Programme. In a 3 month pre-operational demonstration phase, the service concept will be validated in close cooperation with a number of key clients from the fishery sector.
 Développement du phytoplancton, image satellite, Cape Nordkinn
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