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The future of fishing. The remote surveillance equipment that will be installed on 11 volunteer fishing boats in the Kattegat

The Danish Fisheries Agency has now completed the tender for the supply of camera equipment and software for the project on electronic monitoring in the Kattegat. 

The Danish Fisheries Agency has now nominated Anchor Lab as the winner of the tender for the supply of camera equipment for the forthcoming project on remote electronic monitoring of fishing in the Kattegat. Two companies bid on the task, but in the end it was Anchor Lab that ran away with the victory based on an overall assessment in terms of quality and price.

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The tender included emphasised that the system should be robust to different weather conditions, meet high requirements for security, data protection and user-friendliness. In the assessment, it spoke positively if the various bidders could offer good solutions in relation to e.g. face masking and measuring fish.

The installation of the camera equipment on the first 11 vessels will take place over the next few months and is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.

The total expenses for camera equipment and software amount to up to DKK 7.7 million. (just over €1.0m) when the project has been completed in its entirety. The expenditure is financed by grants from the European Maritime and Fisheries Development Fund. 

Facts about the equipment

The agreement with Anchor Lab includes the supply of cameras, sensors, hardware and licenses for the use of analysis software. The installation of cameras will be done by local installers.

Only sensor data (information on the vessel’s position, speed, course, gear activity) is transferred to the Danish Fisheries Agency via the supplier. This happens automatically once a day. Video recordings are transferred directly to the Danish Fisheries Agency on request, and this data is therefore not handed over to the supplier (Anchor Lab). All data (sensor and video data) is encrypted, both when transmitted and stored on board the vessel. The system makes it possible to mask faces directly during shooting, and during installation, emphasis will be placed on ensuring the fishermen’s anonymity as much as possible when the cameras are to be placed on the vessels.


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