Implementation of Observer Camera Technology to Assist Monitoring on Small-Scale Fishing

March 17, 2022

Indonesian Pole & Line and Handline Fisheries Association (AP2HI) together with strategic partners such as IPNLF – Indonesia, implement Fisheries Improvement Program using observer camera on Handline Tuna vessels on all AP2HI member companies supply chain location in Indonesia since 2018. Some of the deployment locations include Aceh, Maluku, North Maluku, Nusa Tenggara West, South East Sulawesi, West Papua, South Sulawesi, and North Sulawesi. The implementation of observer camera activities is carried out by AP2HI Field Staff, assisted by member companies and with the approval from vessel’s captain and crew. The data obtained will be analyzed and monitored by the coordinator of each location. Since 2018 until 2021, AP2HI managed no less than 20 camera observer units in 9 locations, with the placement of more than 150 ship trips. Observer cameras are installed with an alternate system to expand the scope of data collection on ships, times, locations, and trips.

Time Lapse Camera

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The use of observer camera technology with time lapse or CCTV camera models installed on Handline Tuna vessels is one way to help monitor interactions between vessel crews and protected animals or ETP species (Endangered, Threaten, Protected), FAD locations and other activities on-board.

The observer camera also has disadvantages, namely the limited monitoring point of view and video quality affects the identification of catch species in detail. The technology of observer camera can be a solution for small vessels with limited space and has proven to be effective compared to placing Human Observer on-board, which can’t always be carried out due to the various sizes of vessels and limited space.

Images taken from observer camera onboard Handline Tuna vessel in Sulawesi Tenggara

Data from observer camera is used to demonstrate the minimal environmental impact of Indonesia’s one-by-one fisheries, provide innovation for the fisheries sector to make sure the process of handling catches is carried out according to company standards, and monitor the activities of vessel crew during fishing. Data analysis on this activity is expected to be used as recommendations for policy in the future. For example, regarding review the effectiveness of policies on handling fish, protected animals, endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) and placement of FADs.

Observer video analysis by Field Staff

Briefing with Handline Tuna vessel Captain on implementation observer camera at Sulawesi Tenggara

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