UltraMAP works with the EFF Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Project to aid in establishing the location of fishing activities within Scottish inshore areas
In July 2015, Seafish, contracted UltraMap to harvest Automatic Identification System (AIS) data from within the 12 mile limit around the coast of Scotland.
The purpose of the project is to identify the location of fishing activity of up to 300 inshore fishing vessels that have been equipped with Class B AIS units as part of a European Fisheries Fund project – “Evidence Gathering in Support of Sustainable Scottish Inshore Fisheries”, led by Seafish and co-ordinated by the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS).
Whilst AIS is primarily used as a ship to ship collision avoidance system, the VHF signals broadcast by AIS units are also received by other fixed marine and land based receivers. UltraMap is harvesting this information in order that researchers working on the project can gain a better understanding of the extent to which this technology might be used to help inform fisheries management, by indicating where vessels are operating and where AIS receiver coverage may be poor or absent.
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