Case Study: Monitoring and detection of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing


SCISYS UK Ltd has been working with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to develop a prototype tool that can support the monitoring and detection of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing using free and low-cost data so that monitoring can continue beyond the current Blue Belt Programme. This programme aims to preserve biodiversity in protected areas around islands and archipelagos in the UK Overseas Territories.

SCISYS’s solution drew on its experience of working with earth observation and remote sensing geospatial data and took advantage of two SCISYS technology solutions that addressed many of the design challenges:

Rapid Vessel Detection (RVD) tool – an established vessel detection algorithm for SAR and Optical data Cartosys – a web-based geo-portal framework with open architecture.

The prototype solution has been developed using free satellite data and, in-line with the end-user requirements, it can operate under challenging low-bandwidth and high-latency conditions. The solution is deployed on modern cloud infrastructure whose efficient technical design enables the rapid processing of large data volumes without incurring large operating costs.

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About SCISYS Group:

Employing around 670 staff, SCISYS Group is a leading developer of information and communications technology services, e-business, web and mobile applications, editorial newsroom solutions and advanced technology solutions. The Company operates in a broad spectrum of market sectors, including Media & Broadcast, Space, Government and Defence and Commercial sectors. SCISYS clients are predominantly blue-chip and public-sector organisations. Customers include the Environment Agency, the Ministry of Defence, Airbus Defence & Space, Thales Alenia Space, Arqiva, Vodafone, the European Space Agency, Eumetsat, the BBC, Radio France, RTL, RNLI, Pets at Home, Siemens and the National Trust. The Company's registered office is in Dublin, with UK offices in Chippenham, Bristol, Leicester and Reading and German offices in Bochum, Dortmund, Darmstadt and Munich.