Small-scale fisheries are incredibly diverse, and the STARFISH consortium has been strategically designed to trial and improve an innovative product by testing in two key fisheries countries: Greece with the largest number of artisanal vessels in Europe, and Mauritania, a primary fisheries exporter to Europe and representative of West African fisheries. CLS brings its expertise in design, engineering, and the fisheries data chain, while local partners APC and ECR have unique local knowledge and contacts with artisanal fisheries, port authorities, and local fisheries managers.
CLS GROUP Headquarters Toulouse France
CLS (Collection and Localization of Satellite Data) is a worldwide company and has been a pioneer provider of monitoring and surveillance solutions for the Earth since 1986. Our Mission is to provide innovative space-based solutions to understand and protect our planet and to manage its resources sustainably. Our People are experts in oceanography, meteorology, fisheries, data science, software and hardware engineering, and operations.
CLS Fisheries Division:
To sustainably manage marine resources and ensure a future for the Blue Economy, CLS Fisheries Division provides all the products and services needed along the sustainable management value chain. CLS is the world’s leading provider of Fisheries Monitoring Centers (FMC) and Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) for fishermen and their associations, governments, regional and national fisheries management organizations, and NGOs in nearly 100 countries.
For STARFISH, CLS provides expertise in collecting and analyzing fisheries data for stock assessment, 30 years of experience in supplying regulatory-compliant VMS+ERS systems for tracking, reporting and monitoring fishing fleets, and technical expertise in satellite and mobile/IoT wireless data transmissions.
STARFISH Project Manager
Local Partner APC (Advanced Planning Consulting), Greece working with Fishermen Associations.
APC is a consulting company specializing in fisheries, aquaculture, and the seafood industry.
APC is the pioneer fisheries-aquaculture consulting company in Greece, acting as an advisor to European and international organizations, companies and fisheries and aquaculture associations. We have carried out several state projects such as the temporary cessation in Greece and the activation of fisheries funding measures (EU-508/2014).
For STARFISH, APC provides its expertise in the fishing sector in Greece and its skills in fishery consultancy services. APC manages all activities related to the demo trials in Greece and will support CLS in developing business locally.
Consultant at APC S.A.
Local Partner ECR (Entreprise de Commerce et de Représentation), Mauritania working with Coast Guard.
ECR sells solutions for satellite observation and fisheries monitoring.
ECR has been the exclusive distributor of CLS in Mauritania since 2005. All industrial vessels fishing in the Mauritanian EEZ are fitted with VMS (Vessel Monitoring System) and ERS (Electronic Reporting System) by ECR. For many years, ECR has worked closely with authorities and fishing associations to develop sustainable management of industrial and artisanal fisheries.
For STARFISH, ECR provides its long experience with target users and customers. Small-scale fisheries are mostly based in Nouadhibou, the major fishing port in the country. ECR will undertake all activities related to the demonstration.
General Manager ECR