Autonomous Observing Systems for Fishing Vessels (OBSERVA.FISH)

Duration: 01.09.2018 – 31.08.2021

Coordination: IPMA

Partners: Instituto Superior Técnico

Funding Entity: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (02/SAICT/032108/2017)

The aim to develop a totally autonomous system (no human action), integrating several new parameters (meteorological and oceanographic), to install onboard of all types of fishing vessels (trawlers, purse-seiners, longliners). This observation system should allow high-resolution in situ monitoring and spatial coverage of the ocean and coastal areas. The operational environment tests will be carried out on several IPMA vessels and it is proposed that the system achieve a TRL 7 (Technological Readiness Level). The data collected operationally will be validated and integrated into a wider observational programme that includes other in situ platforms, satellites and models. There analysis will support the development of new products for more safe and efficient maritime operations, to support fishing activities and an integrated management of the marine ecosystems.

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