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M2M technology helps catch illegal lobster fishers

Steve Rogerson
April 16, 2015
M2M technology is helping a conservation authority track down illegal fishing operations off the coast of Devon in the UK. The Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (D&S IFCA) is using the technology to monitor, manager and control the use of recreational lobster pots under new potting permit byelaws.
This is said to be the first time that automated RFID technology has been used by a UK inshore authority for byelaw purposes. The technology comes from Tyne & Wear based Succorfish M2M.
Fishermen who have been allocated a potting permit will now be supplied with RFID tags that are securely attached to each pot. Marine enforcement officers can then scan each pot using a hand-held RFID reader to ensure that only those fishermen with permits are operational within their jurisdiction. Any pots without a tag will be removed from the water, reducing illegal fishing practices and improving activities for other fishermen.
“Succorfish M2M provides the most efficient fisheries management and data collection tools so that organisations such as D&S IFCA can successfully implement and monitor fishing activities and deliver sustainable fisheries management,” said Tom Rossiter, Succorfish M2M head of marine. “This is a real, industry-led and cost effective solution that is of mutual benefit to both the fishermen and the marine authorities, and can be easily rolled out to other areas.”
D&S IFCA covers the north and south Devon coast and the Severn River as far as the tide flows.