As the digital revolution continuously unleashes wave after wave of innovation, new advanced tools such as smart data and Artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming industries. Fisheries is no exception as these technologies deliver new insights and improve the operational effectiveness of the fishing sector. The stakes are high as fisheries support the livelihoods of more than 120 million people around the world. Small scale fisheries produce about two-thirds catches destined for human consumption and provide around 90 % of the employment in the sector. So how does the term Big data and big data mining come into play.
Most countries and fisheries related organizations have decades worth of fisheries data stored. The knowledge contained within is enormous. Understandably most fisheries authorities are concerned with the security of that data when thinking about data management. But alongside responsible data management upholding the strongest security standards and making data security a crucial issue, there are possibilities being overlooked that dwell within these huge quantities of data. The key is to make sense of it all.
Utilizing Data mining techniques data specifics key characteristics can be used to identify the most interesting correlations. This analysis information you can put to together and distinguish behaviour which serves as an indicator of fisheries changes over time. With this increased information fisheries authorities on behalf of Nation states and Regional Fisheries Organizations can protect their resources and the autonomy of their EEZ (exclusive economic zone), act faster to preserve protected areas and fish stocks, improving management of stocks and the fishing licenses they issue.
Trackwell VMS in cooperation with its customers is continuously pushing the envelope on how it analyses the wealth of data. Trackwell´s vessel monitoring system displays these insights provided by the analysis of Big data provides an analytical variable the pushes forward the advantages of both the regulatory authorities and the fisheries industry. By capitalizing on their own data, the data owners give themselves an added advantage for success. While at the same time pushing forward the goal towards sustainable fisheries. Neglecting this data means losing out on efficiency and no one should overlook such an asset.