8 July, 2020
As part of the Technical Assistance provided by Incatema Consulting & Engineering to the Ecofish programme for the promotion of sustainable fishing and the Blue economy in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, we have started to work with new technologies, by applying artificial intelligence and Deep Learning so that specific object-detection algorithms can identify and count fish species thanks to the video cameras installed on fishing boats, as part of the electronic monitoring observation processes. Additionally, Blockchain technology will be used to ensure correct traceability of this data. These new technologies are thereby becoming a fundamental pillar of data analysis within the programme, and contribute to the generation of synergies between the various processes to be implemented for the purpose of achieving sustainable fishing in the region.
Incatema Consulting & Engineering is leading the consortium of European companies that are executing the Technical Assistance contract for the ECOFISH Programme in the region of Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, with EU financing and the collaboration of regional marine and continental fishing organisations such as the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC), the Fishing Organisation of Lake Victoria or Lake Tanganica Management Authority, as reported here.