Satellite Tracking of foreign vessels in local communities' waters

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 14 April 2024 10:29

Description of the innovative solution

Sensors Traceability Big data Monitoring/Surveillance Animal husbandry Animal-sourced food Information/communication Agricultural development

As fish resources are dwindling, local communities from developing and emerging economies are experiencing a decline in fish protein due in part to international fishing vessels outcompeting them. This innovation proposes to track and identify infringing vessels through satellite imagery, complementing the Global Fishing Watch. Fish can be a sustainable and healthy protein, but without identifying the proper culprits for overfishing, many fisheries will be condemned to becoming extinct. This technology can help for people to quickly spot vessels that are not supposed to be fishing in certain areas. This technology, along with other practices, can help to curb the amount of illegal fishing that is done.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level

Gaining traction


Food safety Food availability Reducing biodiversity loss

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 14: Life Below Water



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Global Fishing Watch information
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Information about how fishing vessels are tracked and how the tracking data is made accessible.


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