Kerala mulls new technologies in fisheries sector with Norwegian support

Kerala is looking into technological innovations in the fisheries sector to improve its sustainability and the welfare of fishermen.

In a recent function at Nendakara Fisheries Port, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stressed the need to modernize the fisheries sector by adapting modern technologies including artificial intelligence with the support of Norwegian organizations for the overall development of the sector.

said Dinesh Kaipili, Contract Officer, Kerala-Norway Cooperative Project business line It is expected that artificial intelligence will play a major role in the deep sea fishing sector in Kerala. A country delegation to Norway under the leadership of the Prime Minister had the opportunity to inspect a fishing vessel equipped with an AI-assisted equipment system that demonstrated lower manpower requirements and crew safety in adverse conditions.

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He said Norway has a very long history in commercial fishing with most advanced technologies related to fuel efficiency along with unconventional energy sources, improved and more sustainable fishing gear, better fish processing and storage technologies, AI-assisted fish finding and catching. .

The vessels used for deep sea fishing in Norway are larger and more specialized than those used for shore fishing with advanced navigation, communications and fishing equipment. They use artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies to improve fishing practices and sustainability.

For example, the use of smart fishing gear that uses sensors and artificial intelligence to monitor and improve fishing practices. Sensors can detect the presence of fish and help anglers direct their efforts more effectively and improve fishing efficiency. Similarly, developing autonomous fishing vessels using artificial intelligence and machine learning can help navigate the ocean, detect fish and improve fishing practices. Artificial intelligence and machine learning can also be used to analyze data on fish populations and predict changes in stock levels.

While such innovations are being promoted in Kerala, he said the interest of local fishermen needs to be protected by involving them in the whole activity through training and empowerment. Such a trained offshore community could bring about remarkable changes in the sector through sustainable fishing. He said efforts are also underway to send students, especially those belonging to the fishermen community, to Norway for better education and training.

Globally, the Norwegian Seafood Innovation Group is one of the most pioneering technologies by promoting the growth of the fish industry through the use of data science and smart technologies.