Environmentally Responsible Fishing

Following a tender process, Applied Satellite Technology have been awarded a contract to supply a satellite GPS based tracking solution to provide DEFRA (Department For Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) with evidence of vessel positions in support of the Environmentally Responsible Fishing pilot project.

In order for the UK Government to manage a sustainable fisheries sector, DEFRA is running a one year study to monitor the catches and discards of inshore fishing vessels less than 15 meters in length, 31 vessels are involved in the trial from 3 ports, Hartlepool, Lowestoft and Thames Estuary.

The tracking solution, VMS Lite, is an inexpensive satellite vessel monitoring solution for transmitting vessel position information including time, date, course and speed. A secure mapping application provides real time monitoring of assets as well as course history with remote access if required.

AST will provide installation, maintenance and support of the satellite equipment for the duration of the contract period.

The AST VMS Lite solution provides position reports every 15 minutes while at sea and automatically enters sleep mode when in-port.

For further information on the services Applied Satellite Technology can provide in this field please contact their specialised division, AST Marine Sciences Ltd.