OceanMind

Company Description:

OceanMind is a not-for-profit organisation working to increase the sustainability of fishing globally through actionable insights into fishing and fishing vessel compliance. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global concern that threatens the long-term health of our oceans and increases the impact of overfishing on critical marine ecosystems. Empowered by advanced technology, OceanMind’s team of expert fisheries analysts provide focused and actionable insights to governments to facilitate more effective enforcement, and seafood buyers to help them make more informed buying decisions. Our solution brings together a wide variety of data sources, including satellite observations, vessel tracking data, vessel identity databases, fishing license information, and detailed fisheries rules and regulations. Machine learning and big data analytics are used to identify and prioritise indicators of non-compliance for analysts to investigate. Our analysts deliver detailed reports and recommendations into non-compliance for our partners to action. OceanMind is unique in providing services specifically designed to deliver the vital, detailed information required by governments and the seafood supply chain on fishing vessels, their behaviour and catch compliance.

Categories:

Products & Services - Non-Food, Computer Software/Information Systems, Consulting, Related Products & Services

Location & Contact Information:

Electron Building, Fermi Avenue, Harwell
Didcot, Oxfordshire
OX11 0QR
United Kingdom

Web: http://www.OceanMind.Global
Telephone: +44 (0) 1235 567 999
Contact email: info@OceanMind.Global

OceanMind

OceanMind’s technology performs in-depth computer analysis using machine learning, to analyse information from a wide variety of sources. This provides detailed information to our analysts which, together with their extensive experience, greatly increases the detail of our intelligence on possible illegal fishing and compliant legal fishing behaviour.

Benefits of OceanMind include: 

Global and scalable picture of fishing activity and maritime domain awareness

Reduced human interaction to lower costs and increase effectiveness, allowing clients to do more with their limited resources

Driving down the cost of surveillance, data handling and data sharing

Fair and equitable operation

Encouragement of cooperation and data sharing at a regional level to reduce the patchy nature of surveillance methods

OceanMind’s technical capability raises the bar for monitoring activities at sea

OceanMind reveals significant improvements to its industry leading monitoring system for maritime domain awareness in its work to increase the sustainability of global fishing.

This week, OceanMind demonstrated the significant growth achieved in its technical capability, encompassing a highly sophisticated system that performs in-depth computational analysis, now with machine learning, to automatically analyse maritime information from a wide variety of sources.

Nick Wise, Head of OceanMind said: “Our new technology enhancements have revolutionised the function of our fisheries analysts.  Instead of monitoring the seas and investigating all fishing activities for compliance in an area of interest, they can now focus their attention specifically on the anomalies for possible Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing that might otherwise go unnoticed.”

Previously, fisheries analysts within the industry had to manually search for fishing activity using a number of different data sets such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) tracking data for a particular geographical location.  This would then be manually cross checked against compliance databases and licencing authorities to determine if the fishing activity was authorised or not.  

OceanMind’s analysts no longer work in this way.  The advanced system has already incorporated a colossal amount of data including Automatic Identification System (AIS), Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and satellite observations along with other significant data sources such as licencing data, fishing regulations and vessel registries etc.  OceanMind continues to grow its data bank and utilise new data sources as they become available.

The machine learning capability of the technology enables the identification of fishing activity to be identified and corroborated automatically.  This allows OceanMind’s fisheries analysts to focus specifically on those anomalies that characterise possible IUU fishing activity and investigate them further.

Built with security at the core, confidentiality is integral to the design of the system.  OceanMind works in complete confidence to keep partner and customer data safe, separate and secure.

Nick continued: “OceanMind now provides actionable, detailed historical and real-time analysis of vessel activity on behalf of governments, agencies and partners that could never be achieved before and is not available elsewhere.  This system is secure, quick and affective with an extremely high percentage identification success rate, preventing copious instances of IUU fishing from slipping through the net.”

This new technology is trailblazing, having been purposely designed to support the fisheries compliance and enforcement workflows and processes required for specialist fisheries analysts to quickly provide detailed, actionable insight, tailored to each project’s objectives.

OceanMind is unique in its ability to deliver the vital, detailed information required by governments and the seafood sector regarding fishing vessels, their behaviour and catch compliance.  Bespoke machine learning algorithms have been developed to drive enhanced accuracy and greater depth to the analysis, greatly increasing the speed and effectiveness of fisheries analysts. 

Adding greater strength to its technological capability, OceanMind has an internationally distributed analyst team covering all three major ocean basins, each analyst possessing significant ‘in the field’ knowledge and experience of fisheries monitoring and compliance.  Bradley Soule, Chief Fisheries Analyst at OceanMind, said: “Our team of specialist analysts have a professional interest in understanding data anomalies and the drive and knowledge to find answers.  It is this powerful combination of technology, knowledge and experience that we use to deliver actionable, meaningful insight for our partners.”

For more information about OceanMind visit www.OceanMind.Global.

Seafood Should Be Traced and Verified To Ensure Its Provenance

With international retailers now coming under increasing pressure to supply sustainable, responsible seafood free from illegal or unethical practices, just how can they ensure that their products are not only certified at a point in time, but ethically sourced without using destructive methods every time?

There has been a great deal of coverage in the UK lately over sustainability claims regarding pole and line caught tuna that may have actually been caught using purse seine gear with unsustainable fish aggregating devices, commonly known as FADs.  Until recently many retailers had to take suppliers at their word on how their seafood was caught.  But this is no longer the case.

State of the art technology now exists to track fishing vessels and analyse their behaviour patterns to fully understand what type of fishing gear they use (longline, purse seine, trawl, etc.) and if they are fishing legally.  But it takes much more than simply tracking vessels using Automatic Identity System (AIS) data.

OceanMind brings together a wide variety of data sources, including tracking systems, satellite imagery, terrestrial sensors, vessel registries, and licensing databases to understand the location, identity and behaviour of fishing vessels at sea, and to produce actionable insights into the compliance of fishing globally. OceanMind’s expert fisheries analysts, who have a deep understanding of the fisheries sector, national and international laws and regulations, and the economic drivers that affect fishers across the world, investigate indicators of non-compliance and highlight risks to seafood buyers in real time.  It is this combined, detailed knowledge and understanding that is already being used to help governments, retailers and their supply chains around the world to demonstrate the provenance and compliance of their produce.

By extending retail supply chain monitoring beyond delivery and onto the seas, confidence will be increased for buyers about where, when and how their seafood was caught and that it was caught in compliance with the relevant regulations and sustainability practices.

While certification audits are essential, and go some way to manage risk in the supply chain, they only capture one moment in time.  Just like AIS tracking alone can’t tell you if a fishing vessel is allowed to catch a particular species of fish in a particular way in a particular part of the world on that day, or if the method of harvest is in line with a buyer’s particular policies.

Only with continuous, independent, third party monitoring and validation by organisations such as OceanMind can governments, retailers and the supply chain be confident that the seafood is caught in compliance with all applicable regulations, buying policies, and in a sustainable manner.

OceanMind is unique in that it supports the seafood industry to understand the increasingly complex regulatory environment within fisheries around the world and the risks posed by fishing vessels delivering product into global supply chains, enhancing traceability systems with compliance verification of seafood from hook to plate. 

To find out more about OceanMind and how it helps the seafood industry, visit www.OceanMind.Global

OceanMind announce collaboration agreement with Seafood Task Force and Royal Thai Government

OceanMind announce that the Royal Thai Government has entered into a new, progressive, collaboration agreement with the Seafood Task Force and OceanMind to help realise its goal to become a world leader in safe, sustainable seafood.

As the third largest seafood import/export and processing country in the world, Thailand has already demonstrated its will to improve compliance in the fishing industry by committing thousands of hours and significant financial resources to building a new monitoring, control and surveillance system for its fisheries.

Thailand has found that the traditional approach to catching people breaking the rules isn’t working.  Industry buy-in is essential and Royal Thai Government support is fundamental for the Thai seafood industry to successfully regulate itself. Only by the seafood industry and government working together, can Thailand make this change to really make a difference internationally.

Nick Wise, Head of OceanMind said: “This Collaboration Agreement is a tremendous step forward in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand.  The Royal Thai Government is now taking the lead to ensure its fisheries are fully compliant and sustainable.  Thailand’s dedicated implementation of Port State Measures will give international buyers greater confidence in the legality of Thailand’s produce as the risk to their seafood supply chain contribution will be vastly reduced.”

This Agreement will secure ongoing collaboration between Thailand, Seafood Task Force members and the extended seafood supply chain to discuss and review all available options to quickly and effectively transform the way Thailand monitors and controls its fisheries.

Bob Miller, Director of CP Foods and a founding Member of the Seafood Task Force said: “We have been instrumental in helping Thailand reach this point and OceanMind’s team continue to provide the unique tools and analysis to support and drastically improve Thailand’s compliance efforts. This collaboration confirms Thailand’s determination to work with the suppliers and manufacturer members of the Seafood Task Force to change how it monitors and controls its fisheries and seafood industry for the better.”

It is vitally important to protect Thailand’s resources for the long term.  Today there are too many fishers and not enough fish to maintain uncontrolled levels of catch.  By using a sustainable, transparent monitoring approach that works collaboratively with industry, Thailand can lead the way to provide everyone in the seafood sector equal opportunities.  But this can only be achieved through effective monitoring.

In addition to the Seafood Task Force, The Pew Charitable Trusts and numerous Seafood Task Force manufacturers have also provided essential financial support to make this programme a success.

“Technology plays a vital role when it comes to monitoring the world’s oceans,” said Peter Horn of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ project on ending illegal fishing. “With the right tools and expert analysis, which OceanMind provides, effective surveillance and enforcement become a reality. Governments, NGOs, and retailers must work together to keep illegal seafood out of supply chains.”

Thailand is undergoing very fast, transformational change and they are now collaborating with the best technology and the best monitoring partners in the world.  As an example of this, their national implementation for the Port State Measures Agreement has led to a new concept for public-private partnerships to stop IUU fish from entering global supply chains. Portstates.org aims to help facilitate Port State Measures implementation at the national level and partners for this initiative are now being solicited.

Brad Soule, Chief Fisheries Analyst at OceanMind said: “OceanMind are leading on this exciting new concept and we are looking for more partnership from governments, philanthropies, and the seafood industry to make it a reality.  This international tool will leverage the private sector’s purchasing power to support sustainable and legal fisheries across the globe and I will be happy to discuss and how the seafood sector can get involved.”

This important Collaboration Agreement will advance Thailand and its position in the seafood supply chain.  It will give confidence to international seafood buyers in the sustainability and legality of its produce and will leverage private sector purchasing power that will not only benefit Thailand, its fisheries and its people but the seafood market globally.