First Monitoring Devices Installed on Fishing Boats in Santa Rosa, Elena05 September 2013
ECUADOR - The Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAGAP), in coordination with the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces (DIRNEA), has distributed the first eight satellite monitoring devices to artisanal fishing vessels under 20 GRT in Santa Rosa and Santa Elena.
Deputy Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Guillermo Moran, said the facility is part of a test using computer monitoring technology on boats to help save fishermans' lives, detect illegal activities and manage marine protected areas.
Satellite Monitoring Systems work by radio and satellite technology. They can monitor artisanal vessels when they are coastal, semi offshore and oceanic.
The devices also have a panic button. If pressed, the alarm will be received automatically by the Coast Guard Command (Coguar).
The placement of the devices will be completed gradually to 17,000 artisanal vessels of the country, in the provinces of El Oro, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Manabi and Santa Elena.
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