Fishery Monitoring

Shah Selbe
Etienne Gernez

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General Issue and how Protei could help

Fisheries management in much of the world is highly dependent on sufficient capacity for monitoring, control, and surveillance. Generally this means that the military performs these surveillance missions, whether it's through Navy, Coast Guard, or Air Force. This leaves many resource-constrained countries at a disadvantage to understand the activities going on in their waters. 

The major enabler to Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported fishing is the lack of awareness regarding the vessels out at sea. Protei can help by adding an extra set of eyes in the water. For less overhead and a more passive approach, Protei would be able to increase the marine situational awareness. In cases of fisheries management, these can help provide a more versatile and informed approach to management. 

The case of Palau

Palau is the perfect example of such a place. Its oceans are considered one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. The President recently (2009) declared the EEZ the worlds first shark sanctuary, where no sharks can be killed or finned within the 600,000 sq km of water that belongs to Palau. However, the government has only one patrol vessel to monitor this. 

Current way of addressing the issue

What Protei could do for that issue

Customized Protei requirement

Remote sensing, via imaging, acoustics, or another method.

Perhaps add a camera that can take photographs in case that the Protei is taken out of water. This would be important in scenarios of vandalism and theft. This may be important for the general version of Protei as well.

Order of Prorities

<Interview with Julien Rochette, IDDRI, by Etienne, on the 21st of April 2011>

Research Fellow Oceans and Coastal Zones

Legal requirements to operate Protei along the coast?

*The ship needs a flag.

Need to define the nature of the ship´s activity:

we could go for "Scientific research"

Then according to the United Nations Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), the coastal state has the exclusive right to its coastal waters up to 200 NM

For example to operate off the Senegal coast we need:

--> either a Senegal flag, then we have automatically the right to perform scientific research in Senegal waters

--> or another flag, then we need an agreement with the Senegalese government  


Ocean monitoring requires a lot of effort. It´s too costly to put boats and people on the boats everywhere, so unmanned technological solutions are welcome. 

Protected Marine Areas (PMA) are developing everywhere. We could use Protei as a marine "park ranger", like in a National Park.

Who to contact?

local governments --> contact fish ministry / environment ministry

EU: monitoring fishing agreements between Europe and Africa

conservation NGOs: ex WWF in west africa

-->what are their needs? how can we offer solutions?

Where to start: 

find funding for a pilot project to develop & demonstrate Protei´s capabilities

--> PALAU!?

--> SENEGAL?? (My brother lives there and I want to visit him!) 

Julien Rochette is happy to be kept updated and to answer our legal questions.

Thank you Julien!

</Interview with Julien Rochette, IDDRI>