The Australian Fisheries Management Authority chooses Trackwell VMS

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority chooses Trackwell VMS The Icelandic tech company Trackwell recently won an open tender to provide Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) services for Commonwealth commercial fisheries, issued by the Commonwealth of Australia, operating as the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).  AFMA has been using VMS technology to monitor fishing boats since 1993 and the new Trackwell solution will assist in managing the activity for thousands of commercial fishing vessels to support both Commonwealth and selective state and territory fisheries agencies within the third largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the world. The Trackwell VMS will support AFMA and partner agencies to ensure continuous compliance with fisheries management regulations. Expanding operations to the Indian and the Southern Ocean AFMA is responsible for the efficient management of Commonwealth fishery resources on behalf of the Australian government, which monitors all fishing vessels authorised to operate in Commonwealth waters that surround the Australian continent. Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) encompasses 8.2 million square kilometres to include remote offshore territories and 2 million square kilometres of the Australian Antarctic Territory, thereby making it the third largest EEZ in the world, behind France and the United States. Through open tender procedures for the provision of a Vessel Monitoring System and on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia, AFMA awarded Trackwell the contract for the transition and continued management of Australian-flagged commercial fishing vessels utilising Trackwell’s highly advanced VMS platform.  “This was the next logical step for Trackwell as we aim to become a leading provider of vessel monitoring systems worldwide. The contract expands our operations to the Indian and Southern Oceans, further extending and strengthening our presence in the...

Trackwell participates in the fourth network meeting for project “Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century”

Trackwell took part in the fourth network meeting for project “Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century” (SAF21). The meeting took place October 24-26 at CETMAR headquarters in Vigo, Spain. Once again, Trackwell participated as one of the partner organisations that provides its expertise and experience in fisheries to evaluate the PhD dissertations. The SAF21 programme is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions for Excellence in Science, funded under the Horizon 2020. SAF21 purposefully departs from conventional PhD training programmes, as it allows ten PhD researchers the opportunity to combine formal and informal training across a varied range of skills while working on their theses. All the researchers work on their doctorate in the field of fisheries using the latest research tools, such as simulation and participatory approaches, with an aim to inject social intelligence into the EU fisheries management systems. At the network meeting, the researchers held presentations about the status of their research and were given feedback. Trackwell then participated in the supervisory board meeting with other members of the external advisory panel. Following the two-day meeting, the attendees took part in a workshop that focused on the links between management and governance, human and social dynamics, in addition to the participatory process in fisheries management. Trackwell is highly anticipating the theses’ results on the various social issues facing the fisheries. The unorthodox approach of the programme, and the emphasis on transferable skills and exposure to commercial secondments, should translate to very interesting outcomes that could benefit decision makers, the fishing industry and the environment...

Trackwell participates in the third network meeting for the project Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century

The third network meeting for the project Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century (acronym: SAF21) took place in Utrecht the 26 – 27th of October 2016 where Trackwell participated as a partner organization and an external evaluator. The SAF21 project is part of the European Training Network (ETN) in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions for excellence science, funded under the Horizon 2020 Program. In essence SAF21 is a research project with the main objective of managing socio-ecological complex systems better. The project focuses specifically on the EU fisheries and fisheries management strategies. SAF21 differs from conventional PhD training programs in the way the research and training program is structured. The program provides, training and networking opportunities for researchers who then use the latest research tools, such as simulation and participatory approaches, with the aim of better understanding the social issues facing the fisheries management systems in Europe. The meeting offered Trackwell and other representatives of the partner organization the opportunity to introduce their institutions to the consortium and discuss training and research opportunities together with the PhD researchers, SAF21 supervisors. Trackwell then participated in the supervisory board meeting with other members of the external advisory panel such as the Icelandic Ocean Cluster, The Icelandic Small Boats Owner Association, The South African Association for Marine Biological Research and more....

Trackwell now providing vessel monitoring in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Trackwell recently launched its Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). Trackwell is providing FFA and WCPFC with a new customized VMS solution, in a hosted environment. The systems offer extensive monitoring and alerting options for the 3,000 vessels reporting actively to the systems, using various types of vessel units or Mobile Transceiver Units (MTUs) and communication service providers.  In addition, the FFA system receives and processes AIS data from about 2,500 vessels as a complementary data to the official VMS data. This newest implementation allows both institutions and their respective member countries, participating territories and cooperating non-members to monitor roughly 25 million square nautical miles in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean using the Trackwell VMS. The solution is hosted in Australia at the Amazon Web Services hosting center. New generation for different needs The newest feature of these new Trackwell systems is data and information sharing, based on regulations and agreements, allowing both FFA and WCPFC to share information and access to the system with their member countries. Furthermore, the system provides the option of tailoring the scope of information that is shared between the systems or individual countries, using an advanced data sharing mechanism that is built upon the data sharing rules of each organisation. One such example is that the members of FFA can see all their flagged vessels wherever they are and foreign vessels within their own exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The member countries can also share access to each other’s EEZs if they are authorized to do so, thereby increasing the monitoring and...

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The Australian Fisheries Management Authority chooses Trackwell VMS

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority chooses Trackwell VMS The Icelandic tech company Trackwell recently won an open tender to provide Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) services for Commonwealth commercial fisheries, issued by the Commonwealth of Australia, operating as the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).  AFMA has been using VMS technology to monitor fishing boats since... Read more

Trackwell participates in the fourth network meeting for project “Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century”

Trackwell took part in the fourth network meeting for project “Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century” (SAF21). The meeting took place October 24-26 at CETMAR headquarters in Vigo, Spain. Once again, Trackwell participated as one of the partner organisations that provides its expertise and experience in fisheries to... Read more

Trackwell participates in the third network meeting for the project Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century

The third network meeting for the project Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century (acronym: SAF21) took place in Utrecht the 26 – 27th of October 2016 where Trackwell participated as a partner organization and an external evaluator. The SAF21 project is part of the European Training Network (ETN)... Read more