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Support to Aquaculture and Fishery Industry

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaEuropaFranceIrelandMoroccoNorthern AfricaPortugalSpain
  • Areas:

  • Customer :

    7th Framework Programme (FP7)
  • Years:

    from Octobre 2013 to September 2016
  • Project description :

    The SAFI project goal was to contribute with targeted new operational products from Earth Observation for fisheries and aquaculture applications. Its main thematic focus is twofold and includes the development of:

    • A service to assist aquaculture deployment (optimisation of cages location with respect to environmental and ecological context) and environmental monitoring during operations ;
    • A service to support fishery by providing indicators of recruitments, abundances and shell/fish locations.

    SAFI was led by a consortium composed of three small and medium enterprises or SMEs (ACRI-ST, COFREPECHE and DOMMRS) and four research and development institutes (UCC, IFAPA, IPMA, UH2C) established in France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

OPTITRIM : TRIM optimization of fishing vessels to reduce their energy consumption

  • Continents / Region / Country:

  • Areas:

    FisheriesMarine environment
  • Customer :

    DPMA (Department of Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture) and EMFF (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund)
  • Years:

    from 2009 to 2013
  • Project description :

    This project is part of the programs dedicated to saving energy in fishing to improve the economic profitability of companies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The objective of this study is to evaluate by numerical simulations and measurements at sea, how the consumption of a fishing vessel can be influenced by its attitude, and to provide solutions to optimize it. The study covers fishing vessels from 20 to 25 m and breaks down according to the following steps:

    • Performance calculations by numerical simulations;
    • Shore trials to measure traction (fixed point) as a function of attitude;
    • Tests at sea to measure fuel consumption according to the variations of base and according to the different conditions of environment and activity;
    • Experimentation aboard a vessel of remedial actions by installation of equipment and measurement of consumption results and gains obtained.

ICCAT Regional Observer Programme for east Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaEuropaMediterranean Sea
  • Areas:

  • Customer :

    ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of the Atlantic Tunas)
  • Years:

    from 2010 to 2019
  • Project description :

    The ICCAT Regional Observer Programme for eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna (ROP-BFT) is aimed to establish a multi-annual recovery Plan for Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean [14-04] to ensure 100% coverage by observer:

    • on all purse seiners authorised to fish bluefin tuna;
    • during all transfers of bluefin tuna from purse seiners;
    • during all transfers of bluefin tuna from traps to transport cages;
    • during all transfers of Bluefin tuna from one farm to another;
    • during all cagings of bluefin tuna in farms;
    • during all harvesting of bluefin tuna from farms.

    Since April 2010, the ROP-BFT has been operated on behalf of ICCAT by a consortium between Marine Resources Assessment Group (MRAG) and COFREPECHE. The MRAG/COFREPECHE Consortium carries out observer recruitment and training, equipment purchases and observer deployments on vessels and farming facilities under the supervision of the Secretariat.