Monitoring tools and training

Tools for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

The CSIRO Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Analytics Team focuses on two key issues in fisheries monitoring and surveillance:

  • (1) improving the information available from existing fisheries monitoring data through the development of analytical tools and
  • (2) reducing the cost of fisheries monitoring and surveillance data through the application of new technologies.

Our team has developed a number of statistical tools for working with vessel tracking data, including position data from generic vessel tracking systems on larger vessels (using Automatic [vessel] Identification System data) and fisheries vessel tracking systems (using Vessel Monitoring System data). These tools help us to detect vessels that are behaving in abnormal ways. This allows us to identify key activities of interest such as fishing events, transhipment of catch at sea, and use of regulated technologies such as fish aggregating devices (FADs).

Historically, fisheries monitoring and surveillance data has been prohibitively expensive. Hence, we have developed innovations to reduce the cost of fisheries monitoring and surveillance data. We are working with satellite radar to develop large scale surveillance tools for monitoring vessels at low cost. At smaller spatial scales, we are developing a system for using ship navigation radars and covert hydrophones for monitoring at-sea activities including incursions into protected areas and the use of prohibited fishing methods such as dynamite fishing.

Inexpensive hydrophones for underwater monitoring of sounds, including vessels and blasts.


Working with partner organisations

When working with a partner organisation the first stage of each project will involve country visits by CSIRO staff to engage with stakeholders and identify partner needs. These country visits by senior project staff will develop a network of MCS professionals and will involve discussion of national level MCS related activities of core interest to each country. Next, we will help deliver an MCS workshop focused on development of analytical capacity of selected fisheries research and surveillance officers, identified during country visits.


MCS Training

The MCS training will give increase awareness of modern, data-driven approaches to identifying IUU related issues, including the use of risk modelling to identify likely violations and potential enforcement actions. The process will improve oversight of fisheries activities across the Southeast Asian region, including improved efficiency for MCS staff at national and regional fisheries management bodies. Bringing together relevant personnel across the region will help develop a strong, cohesive regional network of fisheries analysts which can support information sharing and foster regional cooperation.


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