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JRCs support of the European fisheries policy (CFP) has been concentrated in developing a methodology to integrate SAR imagery in fishing monitoring. The detectability and identification of fishing vessels subject to VMS (vessel monitoring system), i.e. vessels longer than 25 m, has been proven by comparing detected vessel positions with VMS position reports from the Flemish Cap area. The Flemish Cap is confined to fisheries and thus suitable for case studies. While VMS gives a good idea of all the vessels using VMS, SAR imagery provides a passive way to understand activity in an area also for those vessels not using their VMS or not being subject to it, or whose VMS is not working. RADARSAT ScanSAR imagery is most suitable as it covers a wide area and its resolution is sufficient to allow detection of vessels subject to VMS.

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Authors: KOURTI N ET AL, JRC, ISIS, SMA, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The Arctic Workshop. Held in; Brussels (BE), 25-27 October 2001. Also published in: Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing
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