Tracking fishes in the east via satellite

KOTA KINABALU: Satellite technology will be used to track fish and improve the haul of fishermen in the eastern states of the peninsula.

Rahim said fish landings totalled some 1.3 million tonnes in 2007 and the amount is expected to increase to 1.4 million tonnes by next year with the assistance of the RM12mil fish forecasting system (FFS).

The system is scheduled to be implemented next April.

The FFS is jointly developed by various agencies spearheaded by MIMOS Bhd which yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement with the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM).

The system uses a combination of traditional knowledge as well as the latest in computer and satellite technology. It will benefit fishermen in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and East Johor.

A similar fish forecasting system would be developed for Sabah, Sarawak and the north of the peninsula from next year.

The FFS was developed using the knowledge of experienced fishermen; oceanography and acoustic data as well as information on fish catch and landings to be provided by LKIM.

It is also able to assist in preserving the country’s marine resources.

Under the deal, MIMOS would design and develop the FFS — including the development of a fish location forecasting model; a database portal development and a system to distribute the information of forecasted fish locations.

MIMOS president and chief executive Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah said the forecasting system would also cut down by between 20% and 40% the time needed for fishermen to locate fish.

“We will be using the platforms developed by MIMOS including artificial intelligence and grid computing to develop the FFS,” said Wahab who represented MIMOS at the signing of the agreement. LKIM chairman Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail represented the authority.

Wahab said the FFS would also provide other information such as whether a particular location had been over-fished and where future breeding grounds were.

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