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Title:

Identifying electronic platforms to increase safety at sea in the Australian commercial fishing fleet

Project Number:

2018-106

Organisation:

Diversity Sustainable Development Consultants Pty Ltd

Principal Investigator:

Geoff R. Diver

Project Status:

Current

FRDC Expenditure:

$22,342.00

Program(s):

Communities, Industry, People

Need

A need exists to identify an electronic platform which can accurately and automatically receive a signal from Australian fishing vessels wherever they operate to determine in a timely manner if the vessel is still able to receive and transmit a signal. There is also a need to determine a protocol for timely action if a signal has been deemed to be lost. This could include actions such as: • Contacting a shore based representative of the vessel • Notifying the sea safety and rescue authorities • Other actions deemed relevant There is also a need to have an electronic platform which can alert skippers of heightened risks from fast developing, or fast changing weather and sea conditions.

Objectives

1. To identify an electronic platform which can accurately and automatically receive a signal from Australian fishing vessels wherever they operate to determine in a timely manner if the vessel is still able to receive and transmit a signal.

2. To determine a protocol for timely action if a signal has been deemed to be lost

3. To identify an electronic platform which can alert skippers of heightened risks from fast developing, or fast changing weather and sea conditions

4. To make recommendations for the integration of these platforms into regulation through Australian maritime and fisheries jurisdictions