23rd May

Earth observation satellites to identify fishing zones

Dublin-based app company i-enquire is currently working with the European Space Agency to determine the potential use of their earth observation satellites to identify fishing zones.

i-enquire has developed remote sensing technology which in conjunction with the ESA's observation satellites, can support and aid fishing and marine communities, by identifying potential fishing zones as well as other marine and biological indicators such as sea surface temperature, chlorophyll maps and ocean height.

ienquire infographic fishing

Earth observation satellites have a significant role to play in the location of potential fishing zones (PFZ), by matching and mapping sea surface temperature with ocean colours showing chlorophyll. The link between satellite-derived sea surface temperature (SST) and chlorophyll with fish aggregation has been established.

In India, the efforts of oceanographers, remote sensing specialists and fishery scientists has resulted in a unique service known as the Potential Fishing Zones (PFZ) advisory. i-enquire's vision is to develop a smartphone and tablet app that will bring this information in real-time to the fingertips of the fishing industry including skippers, fishermen and marine researchers.

The ESA is looking for feedback from the marine industry and is hoping to create awareness in the commercial fishing and marine research sectors in Ireland.

Those involved in the marine and commercial fishing industry can contribute to their study by visting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QD77BPJ. All contributors are entered in a draw for a €100 Amazon voucher.

Further info: www.earthobservation.ie or www.facebook.com/earthobservationireland/

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