The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) relies on CLS’s solutions

On the occasion of World Fisheries Day, CLS is pleased to announce that the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) has chosen a CLS solution to evaluate the functionalities of a regional Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) integrating industrial and artisanal fleets. Since last June, CLS has been providing the GFCM with its THEMIS software

CLS Response to COVID-19

In an unprecedented context, France has had to take strict measures once again to protect its citizens. CLS is committed to providing its full support in the fight against the spread of the virus. Our aim is to act responsibly, following the recommendations of the WHO and the French government, while continuing to meet the

Peru: Leading the Way in Sustainable Fisheries Management for 20 Years

How Peru uses VMS, satellite tracking, and e-logbooks to manage resources and preserve their fishing industry Thanks to the Humboldt Current, Peru is home to the largest single stock fishery in the world: anchovy. Each year, 3-4 million tonnes are monitored and tracked. This fishery is recognized worldwide as one of the most important, and

ISO9001 and ISO27001 certifications at CLS

What are these standards and why make sure your fisheries services provider has them? These two standards are set by independent, international organizations and outline how to best manage quality (9001) and data security (27001). Companies can ask an accredited certification body to conduct an audit, and if the standards are met, the company is then

Big Data: the Future of Sustainable Fisheries

Sustainable Fisheries need Big Data Analytics The world’s marine fisheries support billions of people around the world, contribute USD 100 billion each year, and support about 260 million jobs in the global economy. But increasingly, fisheries are subject to overexploitation, pollution and habitat loss.  Sustainable fisheries management has never been more urgently needed, yet it

VMS or AIS for Sustainable Fisheries Management?

There has been discussion across the industry about adapting AIS for fisheries monitoring. Increasingly AIS is seen as a transparent and freely available tool and as a result fishermen and companies are questioning why they should have a separate VMS. However, I believe that substituting AIS for VMS is to clearly misunderstand the functions of

Supporting Small-Scale Fishing, Fighting against Plastic Waste: Groundbreaking Innovations

Monitor fishing gear, prevent accidental loss of nets, fight against plastics in the ocean, and generally help those involved in professional fishing to manage the maritime domain sustainably—those are the benefits of a new set of innovations to track and recover lost fishing gear at sea. A consortium led by CLS, made up of fishermen

Myanmar Selects Triton Vessel Monitoring System

A new vessel monitoring system (VMS) program will help Myanmar reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and protect the sovereignty of its EEZ. There has been a 90 percent decline in Myanmar’s marine fishery resources in the past 40 years (FAO). Myanmar's Department of Fisheries (DOF) has been very active in the last year to

Fighting Illegal Fishing: We Need to Focus on the Unregulated

This article originally appeared in The Ecologist. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing all seriously impact the sustainable management of fishing. We are all increasingly aware of the perilous state of our oceans and seas, of growing pollution, of huge volumes of plastic waste and over-fishing. The importance of harvesting fish stocks at sustainable levels is

Can the Deep Ocean be Harvested Sustainably or Not?

Ecologically and Economically Sustainable Deep Ocean Fisheries? Researchers are studying if mesopelagic fisheries (organisms living deep in the oceans) can be exploited sustainably. There have been some calls to start exploiting these resources, but first we must  investigate whether it can be done safely and sustainably or not. These deep layers of the southern ocean

CLS Helps Rescue Hijacked Fishing Vessel

Fishing Vessel Seized by Pirates Last weekend, a fishing vessel was hijacked. It had been working in the waters of the Ivory Coast, where it was licensed to operate. On May 14, pirates attacked. The international crew of 18 fishermen were taken hostage. The pirates destroyed the telecommunications equipment, hoping to escape undetected, and then fled

How is Climate Change Affecting Tuna Fish Stocks?

This article first appeared in the special Climate Change issue of Infofish Magazine. Most models to assess tuna populations have been largely based on catch report data, but climate change also affects the fish and their location. With a new method developed by scientists at Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), working with the Secretariat of the

The Congo Sets up a New Fisheries Monitoring Center

The Congo Scales up its Sustainable Fisheries Management The Ministry of Fisheries is creating a new Fisheries Monitoring Center and has chosen CLS, the global leader, as its provider. Today, Congolese fisheries authorities face three main challenges: more industrial fishing vessels, which sometimes encroach on the coastal zone reserved for traditional fishers; the possibility of

The Next Generation of ARGOS Takes Off

Kinéis, the spin-off company created by CLS and the French Space Agency to manage the next generation of the Argos system, has just raised 100 million Euros. Kinéis will use this investment to build its constellation of 25 nanosatellites and the ground segment, to complement the 8 satellites currently operational. For users, this next generation

Ireland Chooses CLS’ Vessel Monitoring System

CLS recently won an open tender to be the exclusive provider of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) services for Irish commercial fisheries. The tender was issued by Ireland’s Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA). CLS’s solution supports the SFPA and partner agencies to manage activity for all commercial fishing vessels over 12 m under an Irish flag to

Managing Small-Scale Fisheries Needs a New Approach

Better Small-Scale Fishing Management Needed to Fight IUU Fishing The head of CLS' Fisheries Division, Michel Dejean, was recently interviewed by Undercurrent News about traditional fishers, highlighting the ways we need to think differently if we want to to include them in sustainable fisheries management programs. Below is a short excerpt of the interview.  Small-scale fisheries

CLS Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Fisheries

30 years ago, the UN asked CLS to fit satellite transmitters to fishing vessels so their activities could be monitored, the beginnings of vessel monitoring systems. Since 1990, we've pioneered many more tools for sustainable fisheries management. Although much more remains to be done to fully protect our oceans’ resources, we're proud to have helped

STARFISH 4.0 Wins EU Blue Economy Grant to Trial Innovative Technology for Small-Scale Fishers

CLS and its partners APC and ERC are thrilled to announce that our STARFISH 4.0 project is one of 26 sustainable blue economy projects selected for funding by the EU Commission under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).  In all, the EU has awarded €19.1 million to accelerate the sustainable development of the Blue

Patrick Lehodey from CLS Wins the ‘Star of Europe’ Award

On December 10 in Paris, Patrick Lehodey, head of the Marine Ecosystems Modelling team at CLS, was awarded the 2019 Étoile de l'Europe prize. The ceremony was held at the Musée du Quai Branly (Paris), with Frédérique VIDAL, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. This award recognizes French research teams that have chosen Europe

How will Climate Change affect Marine Life?

How will Climate Change affect Marine Life? Climate change affects not only the sea level, but also the temperature, acidity, and oxygen levels in the oceans and the marine life that live there. Animals can adapt to some changes in their habitat, but there is a point of no return. Today, we don't know what

Predators, Prey, and the Carbon Cycle in the Southern Ocean

Predators, Prey, and the Carbon Cycle in the Southern Ocean A recent article in Science for the Public-Stories in European-Australian Research highlighted CLS Fisheries' work in a European project to understand the deep layers of the ocean, critical both to the Earth's carbon cycle and the marine ecosystem. Tiny deep-water creatures such as krill and

Understanding the Ocean Food Chain: New Tool for Copernicus Marine Monitoring

New Global Zooplankton and Micronekton Product for the EU's Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service This month, our Marine Ecosystem Modeling team delivered a global zooplankton and micronekton model-based product as part of our work with Copernicus MEMS. Knowing the location and the biomass of these organisms, which are key parts of the ocean food chain, will improve

Production Underway for Kinéis: The New Nanosatellite Constellation with the Next Generation of Argos

Production Underway for the Next Argos Generation Production has started on the new constellation of 25 nanosatellites called Kinéis with the next generation of Argos instruments onboard. The new generation of the Argos system is based on greater bandwidth, improved data timeliness thanks to a shorter revisit time (5-15 minutes between satellite passes depending on

Sustainable Fisheries? The Economist Asked Our Experts

Sustainable fisheries in the Indian Ocean are possible; this requires integrated management. Charting the course for ocean sustainability in the Indian Ocean Rim is an Economist Intelligence Unit report. It highlights key ocean challenges facing the Indian Ocean Rim countries and showcases initiatives undertaken by governments and the private sector to address them. The report explores how

Celebrating Vietnam Fisheries: CLS a Key Partner

  “Today, particularly in Kien Giang province, there are a lot of fishing vessels. Since the number of vessels is too high, the fishing grounds are limited and no longer productive. We fishermen have to go to offshore areas or cross into overlapping areas, so we have to face many risks. I have the CLS

Satellite Observation for Aquaculture: Bangladesh

(Image from ESA-Sentinel-2. Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data [2018]) Earth Observation for Aquaculture Inventories: Bangladesh  In the south-western region of Bangladesh, aquaculture plays a significant role in food production and is crucial to local economies. A few decades ago most of the lands in this region were used for agriculture, especially for paddy cultivation using

Fighting IUU: The Congo Relies on CLS Fisheries

CLS Supports the Fight against Illegal Fishing: The Congo Reactivates its Monitoring, Control and Surveillance System  The fight against illegal fishing gained renewed support on 22 March in Pointe-Noire by Henri Djombo, the Minister of State and Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, in the presence of local authorities and staff from his ministry. Minister

New THEMIS: Fisheries Intelligence from the World’s No1 FMC Provider

As part of our strategy for continuous improvement, we are releasing a new version of our THEMIS fisheries monitoring software. We’ve made it even more robust and user-friendly and added an electronic logbook (e-logbook)-catch analytics module. Now all the information you need is visible on one map. In March 2019, we began rolling out the new THEMIS

Kineis, a unique constellation

KINÉIS, new major player in French NewSpace, launches the first European constellation of nanosatellites and democratizes access to global connectivity (IoT). With the support of CNES, CLS: Collecte Location Satellites, announces the creation of a new subsidiary, Kineis. Kineis aims to become a major player in NewSpace and allow, by 2030, several million objects to