FAROS project was presented at the Conxemar International Seafood Fair, held in Vigo. (Photo: Cetmar)
Artificial vision system helps enhance discard management
Monday, October 08, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
The Ocean Technology Centre (Cetmar) took the opportunity of Conxemar International Seafood Fair, held last week in Vigo, to present the results of Faros project for the reduction and recovery of discards.
This initiative was joined by agencies and companies from Spain and Portugal.
Faros project includes, among its proposals, a machine vision system that optimizes the catches of fishing vessels.
The system -- called BEOS -- consists of a camera that sits on top of the conveyor belt along which the fish is moved inside the boat. From there, the species, the number of specimens, measurements and weight are identified, the agency Europa Press reported.
The data is collected in real time by the company and based on it, the activity can be planned ahead.
The project Faros also includes the creation of a series of maps, which specify the regions with high probability of discards so that vessels can make decisions about where to go for higher returns.
In addition, a tool called Geoportal was designed, which contacts the fleet with the companies engaged in waste recovery so that it can be possible to take advantage of synergies and develop a more efficient and profitable activity.
These initiatives were tested aboard three ships, one of which is the research vessel Vizconde de Eza.
According to Luis Taboada, a member of the Institute of Marine Research, the next step is to implement these systems in a fleet so that the mechanisms can be adapted to the "peculiarities" of each vessel.
This initiative has been joined by Cetmar, the Port Authority of Vigo, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Institute of Marine Research (IIM), the National Higher Research Council (CSIC), the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Investigation (Ipimar) from Portugal and the Galician Supercomputing Centre (Cesga) apart from the firms Marexi and ASM.
By Analia Murias