Woods Hole Group Displays its Integrated Satellite Solutions for Sustainable Fisheries Management at Pacific Marine Expo 2023

Sep 29, 2023

The Pacific Marine Expo 2023, held in Seattle, Washington, is an exciting event for the commercial fishing industry, with numerous companies showcasing their innovations and solutions from across the world. Among the exhibitors, Woods Hole Group, a renowned leader in environmental science and technology, will present a range of cutting-edge solutions for sustainable fisheries management.

Woods Hole Group Sustainable Fisheries Management Business Unit operates in three primary areas: Tracking and Monitoring, Catch and Quota Management, and Ocean Intelligence, with product lines composed of satellite and cellular vessel monitoring systems (VMS), e-logbook applications, fisheries monitoring centers, ocean intelligence products, and IUU intelligence services based on the cross-analysis of VMS, AIS, radar, and optical imagery.

Woods Hole Group’s Commitment to Sustainable Fisheries

Woods Hole Group has a long-standing commitment to marine conservation and sustainable fisheries. For decades, the company has been at the forefront of developing advanced technologies and methodologies to monitor, manage, and conserve marine resources. Its participation at Pacific Marine Expo 2023 is the perfect occasion to present its range of products to fisheries market experts.

Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

NEMO VMS beaconSince the beginning of the program, Woods Hole Group has been a type-approved VMS supplier in good standing with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric), currently tracking over 3000 vessels daily, 24x7x365. We do this using two state of the art VMS tracking beacons: the Triton Advanced and the NEMO.

This system enables real-time tracking and monitoring of fishing vessels, ensuring compliance with regulations and promoting responsible fishing practices. It provides authorities with the necessary tools to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, a critical aspect of sustainable fisheries management.

Monitoring and Controlling Fisheries Activities

Efficient monitoring and control of fisheries activities are vital for preventing overfishing and protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems. In this frame, Woods Hole Group’s customers can rely on THEMIS, an online platform that integrates multiple sources of marine data (radar, AIS, VMS, catch reports, and oceanography). Through this interface, users can create geozones that interact with VMS beacons to alert fishermen and/or regulators when transiting into or out of specific areas such as closed areas, marine protected areas, or experimental fishing grounds. Themis helps authorities enforce regulations effectively and ensure that fisheries remain within sustainable limits

Ocean Intelligence with CATSAT

Our CATSAT Ocean Intelligence solution is a game-changer in fisheries management. Developed by a team of marine biologists, data scientists, and software engineers, CATSAT leverages cutting-edge technology to revolutionize the assessment and management of tuna and other pelagic fish stocks.

Here’s how it works:

  • Real-time Data Collection: CATSAT utilizes satellite technology to gather real-time data on ocean conditions, fish migration patterns, and environmental variables. This data is crucial for understanding the dynamics of fish populations.
  • Machine Learning Algorithms: CATSAT employs machine learning algorithms to process vast amounts of data quickly and accurately. These algorithms analyze historical data, satellite imagery, and environmental factors to predict fish behavior and abundance.
  • User-Friendly Interface: CATSAT’s user-friendly interface allows fisheries managers and scientists to access and interpret complex data easily. The software provides interactive dashboards, visualizations, and reports, making it accessible to a wide range of users.
  • Adaptive Management: CATSAT supports adaptive management strategies. Fisheries managers can adjust fishing quotas and conservation measures in real time based on the software’s recommendations and the latest data, promoting sustainability.

CATSAT software represents a significant leap forward in the management of fisheries, offering a data-driven approach to sustainable fishing practices. By harnessing the power of satellite technology and machine learning, CATSAT provides valuable insights into fish stocks and their behavior, helping to ensure the long-term health of our oceans.

Woods Hole group team is looking forward to seeing you at Pacific Marine Expo 2023! Don’t forget to come meet us at booth #910