FOCUS BY SPANISH COAST GUARD ON THERMAL CAMERAS TO FIGHT ILLEGAL FISHING

FLIR thermal cameras allow Galician Coast Guard to detect illegal activities over a long range on a 24/7 basis.

FLIR thermal imaging cameras have been used in a surveillance project to detect and monitor illegal fishing and poaching activities along the northwest coast of Spain.

The FLIR PT Series cameras, combined with maritime video analytics from Gradiant, spotted illegal vessels on a 24/7 basis and at long range, along the vast Galician 1,200km of coastline in the northwest of Spain.

Local public authorities strictly control these activities to prevent exploitation, fish stock depletion and economic losses. Illegal fishing and poaching of seafood resources also has an enormous impact on the environment and food safety.

Most illegal activity takes place at night, making it extra difficult for law enforcers to detect any type of vessel. The Galician climate does not help either – with an average of 128 days per year of rain, visibility conditions are usually not ideal for surveillance operations.

Manned surveillance patrols are hindered by the climate and visibility conditions, making it impossible for coast guards to cover the entire Galician coastline, hence the deployment of these FLIR thermal imaging cameras.