Small-scale fisheries play a critical role in the global fishing industry, sustaining over 90% of the world’s fishermen and contributing approximately 50% of the global fish catches. These fisheries are essential for food security, providing livelihoods for millions of people and supporting local economies.

Despite their significant impact, traditional fishing communities often operate without sufficient support, protection, or regulatory frameworks, making them vulnerable to exploitation and environmental challenges.

At CLS, we are dedicated to addressing these issues through innovative solutions like the NEMO system and leveraging our robust network of international resellers to ensure safer and more sustainable fishing practices worldwide.


Innovative solutions for sustainable fishing

With the need for modernization, traditional fishing practices, while effective for centuries, are increasingly inadequate in the face of modern environmental and economic pressures. To ensure the long-term sustainability of these communities, it is essential to introduce modern technologies and practices that can enhance efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and ensure compliance with national and international regulations. Without proper monitoring systems, it is difficult to track fishing activities, enforce regulations, and ensure that fishing practices are sustainable.

NEMO transmitterIn response to these challenges, CLS has developed the NEMO system, a cutting-edge solution designed to address the specific needs of small-scale fishermen. NEMO is a simple, reliable, and affordable Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) that provides comprehensive monitoring and data services. The system is equipped with hybrid global connectivity, using GPRS/IoT networks in coastal areas and automatically switching to satellite systems when vessels move beyond the range of terrestrial networks. This ensures that fishermen remain connected and their activities are monitored, regardless of their location.

The NEMO system offers a range of services, including the collection and processing of data in CLS’s data center, integration of data with clients’ fisheries monitoring centers, and access to CLS’s web platform for data visualization. The platform provides valuable insights into fishing activities, enabling authorities to manage alerts and conduct customized analytics. This comprehensive approach ensures that fishing activities are not only monitored but also optimized for sustainability and compliance.

Global reach and local impact

VMS Seminar in Istanbul with CLS
Beacon workshop with CLS resellers

The impact of the NEMO system extends far beyond its technological capabilities. Thanks to our extensive network of local partners, NEMO is already being used on traditional fishing vessels around the world. Our subsidiaries and resellers work closely with fisheries authorities and fishermen to provide tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of each community. This collaborative approach ensures that the benefits of the NEMO system are maximized, leading to safer, more sustainable fishing practices.

This commitment to innovation and collaboration was showcased at our annual VMS seminar, held this year in Istanbul. The seminar brought together representatives from 17 countries across Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, providing an occasion for sharing insights and exploring new possibilities in advancing fisheries innovations. The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the NEMO system, which generated significant interest from many countries looking to better monitor small-scale fishermen.

The seminar was an invaluable opportunity to strengthen relationships, share knowledge, and discuss the future of small-scale fisheries. The discussions and collaborations that took place during the event underscored the importance of working together to address the challenges facing traditional fishing communities.

Together, we are making significant strides towards ensuring the sustainability and safety of small-scale fishing communities. By continuing to innovate and collaborate, we can create a future where traditional fishing practices are not only preserved but also enhanced, ensuring that they remain a vital part of the global fishing industry for generations to come.