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PT Hatfield Indonesia applies smart satellite technology to promote sustainable fishing practices

Aug 10, 2017

PT Hatfield Indonesia was contracted by Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, to provide support on a two-year project with the Indonesian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs (MMAF). With the assistance of funding from the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, Inmarsat is working with MMAF to install satellite-based communications and vessel monitoring systems on board 400 fishing vessels.

The project will develop a sustainable incentive scheme to encourage fishers to use ‘Vessel Monitoring Systems’ (VMS). By expanding the adoption of VMS, the surveillance and policing capabilities of the MMAF will be improved, and information important for fisheries management will become available. This will support government, industry, and fishing communities to optimize enforcement efforts, to reduce risks at sea, and improve the social and economic outcomes of fishing activities. PTHI is responsible for local project management, periodic reviews of progress, and impact evaluation and liaison with MMAF.

Well managed fisheries can sustainably support livelihoods for communities that have few alternatives, improve national and regional food security, and promote economic growth through domestic and international seafood trade. Inmarsat will enhance and add value to VMS use by:

  • designing additional services to be carried by VMS, including enhanced safety and communications tools;
  • designing new operational protocols for enhanced fisheries management; and
  • demonstrating how information and technology can lead to reduced illegal fishing and improved fisheries sustainability.

For more information, please contact:

Bambang Tri Sasongko Adi
President Director
Telephone: +62 251 832 4487; 8332 602

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