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Navigate through the categories to find individual products and to learn about the advantages and challenges of different technology types. Successful enforcement systems are often composed of complementary technology products from across multiple categories.

Manned Aircraft

Manned aircraft are a platform technology that can be equipped with a variety of sensors including radars and imaging platforms to detect illegal fishing in real time.

Radar Technologies

Radar systems are a payload technology that transmit electromagnetic waves, and can detect objects by measuring at what point those waves are reflected back to the system.

Automatic Identification System

An Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a vessel tracking system and was originally developed to help avoid vessel collisions.

Vessel Monitoring System

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) are installed on commercial fishing vessels to allow regulatory agencies to monitor position, time, course and speed of the vessel.

Acoustic Monitoring

Acoustic monitoring consists of using hydrophones, also known as underwater microphones, to detect underwater noises and are integrated onto platforms such as buoys, cabled systems or unmanned underwater vehicles.

Satellite Observation

Satellites are comprised of two main parts: the payload (the sensor that takes the pictures) and the bus (the hardware that gets it into space and keeps it running).



Buoys are an anchored platform technology that can operate on or below the surface. At its most basic level, a buoy acts a marker to delineate specific areas of ocean. The buoys included in this database however are built to be equipped with various technologies, including hydrophones, optical cameras, AIS relays, or oceanographic data gathering sensors. Data that is collected by the buoy is typically transmitted to the user by satellite or cellular means, and can deliver information about suspicious activity in real time. Stealth buoys and sonobuoys are fully submerged beneath the surface, and use acoustic sensors to covertly gather data about passing vessels. The buoy is programmed to float to the surface at regular intervals to transmit data to a receiver (possibly an aircraft or nearby vessel). Because the user would typically need an array of buoys, and buoy tend to be expensive, the technology may be best suited for smaller MPAs. When applied to a very large MPA, buoys would typically be arranged to surveil high-interest ""hot spots"" only.

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Secure Our Oceans is a platform that helps countries, multilateral organizations, and NGOs around the world find the right technology to protect their marine protected areas. It organizes technologies in a simple manner to help decision makers make more informed decisions about the tools they need to safeguard their marine protected areas.

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