Fisheries uses drones for monitoring

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today the fisheries department has literally shifted his focus from the Seas to the skies can a bold move to increase the capacity of its officers on the scene conservation drones are about to be installed as one of the department's tools against illegal activities I see myself building my capacity in whatever whatever you know and this will help me to help present some of our cases in court because I knew firsthand hold these things work so I can have better present our case I'm the scene aboard captain in the Fisheries Department I'm all here to learn to fly the drones because what the Fisheries Department is doing shortly is going to be economize in and minimizing on fuel so when it drones god with drones go to spots we don't really have to go by boat until we see something going on so then we move on no operations during the week the conservation compliance unit received training from trainers of conservation drones dark the final goal is to have all of these guys able to fly automatic missions from start to finish they should be able to send the plane up tell it where to go in a ten-mile radius different way points different GPS coordinates and they're going to go out and they're going to monitor these areas with video first day they're very attentive and right away they're picking up everything all the pre-flight check lists that you need to do all the all the stuff that's boring and but you need to make sure you're very detail-oriented and you get it down right so once you get it up in the air you don't have any troubles with little things that result in a crash and yesterday we did all that and they've been great today we came out and everything we learned yesterday they put it all together really quick no issues assembly for joint is done in minutes and officers were also quick to learn the software this is a software that we are using this tells you everything that you need to know about the drone the balancing the altitude where you are the speed you're going the distance your own this hair shows where the June is right now they will red marker there this shows you where the drone is this is where you what you use to navigate so this turns it up between is level you're 0 in this is the hell to do we're on the ground now so it's on the ground level are these things that it shows you the distance until up this shows you to speed that you're going or the Jonas dish never know so it won't have any speed it gives you the GPS at your own this is 3d fix origin is prepared to fly drones to fly the specifics of flight time the the height that they can reach or how low can you fly flight time is going to be about 80 minutes which is is really good for these planes and the altitude you can go pretty high i would say comfortably 400 meters and generally when you're flying with video you only want you know maybe 120 meters for good video quality so that's the main goal in terms of to range the range is 10 miles telemetry range which is the computer range where it can still communicate with the plane and the actual radio controlled range is a little less more in the one mile range but at that point you can't you don't have a visual on your plane so you don't need to be controlling it should all be automatic once you get out of that range how do you get it back you're short of the bridge there's six different modes and one is returned to launch and any time you put the it in that mode it's going to go to a specific altitude usually a hundred meters and it's going to head back to the point where you powered the plane on and it's just going to circle that point so at any point you can put it in return to launch and it's going to come back to you after the fisheries officers prepared or Keys files the acting prosecutor for the department common Hall would then take the evidence and accuse to the magistrate court with the drones the addition of the GoPro cameras how do you see that playing an effective role in your job as the acting prosecutor for the Fisheries Department well that will give us more leverage where we have we have more secure evidence when you are go to present present our case it's it's not just you cannot take any evidence and presented to the court but with that where you're actually on the ground they can see you doing this actual legal activity in this certain area when you win sometimes you have many of them go to potency I was not there I was not at this at this point but no with the Jones under the camera when when the duty survey fly over you know and it is caught on the camera then there is no way that you can come and see that it's not them and I was not in here and I did not have this type of see brought up at the end of the successful week-long training today to fully operating drones and to test drones were handed over the fisheries administrator / valley with over the years we've enjoyed and benefited from a very strategic partnership with the wildlife conservation society and they have worked with the fisheries department to promote sustainable fisheries in the needs one of the things that we have grappled with overtime is the high cost of enforcement activities and we have a very immense coastline and we have been looking at new ways new innovative approaches to enforcement into these and one of the things that wildlife conservation society has no partner with the Fisheries Department with is for us to now introduce new technologies to enforcement and today we are very fortunate to have the handing over of for drones to the department through Wildlife Conservation Society which is no supposed to allow us to become more effective more efficient with our enforcement activities so rather than launching patrols to cover an entire area it allows us to to see what is happening out there and have more directed responses and at the same time as it allows us to know be more efficient with our resources that is allocated to us through our budgetary processes it costs roughly around 4,000 Belize dollars and with the equipment and the training that we have now been doing this week with our personnel through the assistance of conservation drones that org it broke it it comes roughly around six thousand dollars per unit so what we have benefited from is a sizable donation plus or minus 25 thousand dollars from WCS if we have complaints before fisheries laws it means that our resources will now have a greater chance of being utilized sustainably and allow us to know continue to make efforts great strides in conservation and sustainable use the applications for drones are endless they can be used to monitor manatees and also mapping a furious for CC s as the Sanchez report

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2 comments on “Fisheries uses drones for monitoring

  1. madsloper

    This is a wonderful use of drone technology; Looking forward to future reports of catching the bad guys with the use of the drones. Its a good thing they don't have the FAA in Belize.


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