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R-Control

R-Control

R-control seeks to place Norway at the forefront of research and development of core technology for effective and sustainable resource control in commercial fishery.

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R-Control develops generic methods and technologies that enable estimating the catch composition arriving on the fishing vessel, applicable to multiple fisheries. The catch composition from each fishing effort will automatically be analyzed regarding species composition and size composition of each species in terms of length and weight. The capture information will automatically be linked to the time and location of each fishing effort, gear used, and other parameters regarding the fishing process.

The main hypothesis of the project is that the implementation of automatic catch registration systems in commercial fishery can lead to a more effective resource control, precise resource management at lower costs while simultaneously providing decision support for fishers and managers leading to increased compliance with regulations.

Automatic catch registration is a technology that may contribute to a more effective and sustainable resource management and combat illegal over harvesting and provide more accurate input to a more sustainable quota production (NOU 2019:21).

The project develops generic methods and technologies that enable estimating the catch composition arriving on the fishing vessel, applicable to multiple fisheries. The catch composition from each fishing effort will automatically be analyzed regarding species composition and size composition of each species in terms of length and weight. The capture information will automatically be linked to the time and location of each fishing effort, gear used, and other parameters regarding the fishing process. This will lead to a full-documented fishery that will:

  • Enable automatic check for compliance with regulations regarding species and size compositions of catch and bycatch.
  • Enable certification to consumers on sustainability of the fishing process.
  • Provide decision support for the fishers in between fishing efforts.
  • Enable information for real-time decisions regarding potential area closures to maintain sustainability.
  • Provide data for stock assessments directly from the commercial fishing activity.
Published 02 July 2021
Senior Research Scientist
406 24 014

Project duration

2021 - 2024

Budget:
NOK: 10 800 000,-

Partners: 

SINTEF Ocean 
Tustern AS
Gullholmen AS