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Identification and Monitoring of Dugouts and Fishing Boats Using RFID Technologies


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Coastal states have noted an alarming increase in disappearances at sea of their fishermen over the last few years.
The two main reasons are:

- A diminution of resources which obliges the fisherman to go ever further afield to get his catch.
- The absence of safety equipment aboard their vessels, such as communication and location apparatuses.

To know who is at sea it is necessary to identify dugouts singly and individually.
Now, numerous dugouts share the same identification number to cut down the cost of fishing licenses.

The need to identify dugouts individually became self-evident in order to determine unambiguously and at all times which dugout is at sea and which is not.
The idea thus came up to launch a pilot test to bring functional and technical responses to the necessity for individual and single identification.

It is now standard practice for single identification technologies to use the Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID  ) and their progress has been rapid in the last few years.


- Over 24,000 fishermen perish at sea every year (FAO   figures).
- More than 50% of the world’s population lives in a coastal strip of 60km.
- Billions of people are reliant on marine resources. They depend on what the fisherman brings home.
- A lost boat, a lost fisherman have a vital impact on coastal communities.


Considering that trade solutions do not fully correspond to this problematic, we propose a unique solution, a number plate visible from afar, from a reconnaissance airplane, in which are encapsulated one or several electronic tags. This plate is fitted onpermanently to boats using a safety-locked and unfalsifiable screwing system which renders it impossible for the plate to be unscrewed. The electronic tag allows for registration and reading of data. That data is encrypted so as to guarantee authenticity and prevent falsification.

The model chosen is similar to a car number plate and has roughly the same dimensions. See diagram.

 The dugout number plate in position An example of a fishing licence in Mauritania Merci au Capitaine Ali de nous avoir guidé sur les plages de débarquement des pirogues
The dugout number plate in position. An example of a fishing licence in Mauritania.
Thanks to Captain Ali for having guided us along the beaches where the dugouts come ashore.


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