Marine Monitor (M2): Ocean Conservation Technology

Marine Monitor (M2): Ocean Conservation Technology

Marine Monitor (M2): Ocean Conservation Technology 2560 1256 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

ProtectedSeas – United States of America (USA)

The Marine Monitor (M2) is a vessel monitoring platform developed by ProtectedSeas.

Using marine radar, M2 tracks and records all vessels within its range, which is especially useful for monitoring small-scale fisheries since technologies used by industrial fleets may not be available or applicable for these vessels.

M2 systems empower coastal communities with an accessible tool for monitoring fishing grounds so they can enforce laws and focus on managing resources sustainably. This Decade Action will extend the local utility of M2 to the global level by integrating data with other databases and platforms which can also contribute to progress in data standardization.

With over thirty systems deployed to twelve countries since 2015, M2 is a substantial source of novel data. Expanding access to this ever-growing dataset can facilitate a broader understanding of small-scale fishing activity overall and ensure its role in local and regional economies is represented.

Start Date: 01/01/2015
End Date: 01/01/2030

Contact point: Brendan Tougher –

challenge: Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Skills, knowledge and technology for all
ocean_basins: All Ocean Basins
type_of_action: Contribution


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