Reports of loss of fish at sea have led Nelson company SnapIT to create an electronic monitoring system that captures 100 per cent coverage of activity on-board fishing vessels.
The system is both cheaper and more effective than current monitoring tools that rely on physical observers.
Auditing and enforcement of catch limits and safe, legal fishing practices is extremely difficult. The SnapIT system installs cameras and sensors on board vessels and at ports to provide data for compliance, interactions with protected species and catch discharge. The system also provides protection for those who are following ethical fishing practices, giving an impartial record of activity and events. There have been recent examples of the Ministry of Primary Industries using electronic systems to corroborate accounts of accidental fish loss, proving that this type of monitoring has clear benefits to both industry and Government.
SnapIT provides a low cost, low maintenance innovative solution to the protection of important fisheries resources, and ensures that they can be managed sustainably into the future.
SnapIT is a finalist in the 2015 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards in the Peter Yealands Restorative Innovation category.