Dynamic user-driven marine e-maps for the advancement of Danish industrial fisheries (GUPD-VIND) (39246)

Project Details


This project aims at strengthening Danish industrial fisheries development in order to
1. reduce the search time and fuel consumption per. ton of fish caught (revenues: 16 million DKK/year).
2. make better use of the sprat quota (revenues: 15 million DKK / year, by a full quota uptake).
3. pave the way for sustainable self-management of resources in the industrial fisheries sector.
4. contribute to creating and maintaining jobs in the local fishing community.

The specific objectives of the project: Development of an IT tool that will contain 1. a platform to improve sharing of knowledge and registration of observable and derived variables (data).
2. user-defined and user-controlled digital Marine Maps with those specific data that fishermen consider important as background information in the planning and implementation of fishing trips. These marine data include (but are not limited to) a portfolio of Marine Maps spanning from the North Sea hydrography and bottom conditions over distribution of plankton and fish to water-DNA.

The needs for a technological development of this fishery comes from increasing average vessel size, while the number of large vessels is reduced to about 1/8 of what it was in the past. The immediate consequence is a reduction in the collective search performance and knowledge sharing. In addition, the area based management of the sandeel fishery introduced in 2011 has contributed to a reduction of fishermen's opportunities to diversify fishing and explore a wider variety of fishing grounds. Finally, the sprat fishery is uncertain because of by-catch limits and a very variable CPUE driven by wind and weather. This has led to an underutilization of the sprat quota by around 100,000 tons per year.

Fisherman knowledge of good fishing opportunities is based on the correspondence between historical catches and observable variables at the time of capture, such as the seasons, wind, waves and tides, and it is precisely this kind of knowledge that the project wants to combine with a technological solution, so that all relevant data is made widely available to the fishermen by developing user-controlled dynamic digital Marine Maps.

The project includes a business plan for the IT company Anchor Lab, which develops the user-controlled Marine Maps, and plans for derived effects in terms of better utilization of the sprat quota and fuel savings through the use of the Marine Maps. Besides the economic effects, the project contributes to CO2 reduction, and supports the technological development of a modern industrial fishery sector, based on a natural resource to be managed by the EU in accordance with ICES’ advice.

This project is coordinated by DTU Aqua and funded by the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark through the Green Development and Demonstration Program (GUDP).

Research area: Marine Living Resources
Research area: Marine Populations and Ecosystem Dynamics
Research area: Population Genetics
Research area: Observation Technology
Effective start/end date01/01/201530/06/2018