SAFI – Support to Aquaculture and Fishery Industry

Duration 2013 - 2016
Funding Body European Commission FP7 SPACE Programme
Project Costs €1,959,025
Project Co-ordinator ACRI-ST SAS (France)
Number of Partners 7
SAFI – Support to Aquaculture and Fishery Industry

The use of satellite data for marine resources applications began 40 years ago, with an original approach linking fishing grounds to thermal fronts using sea surface temperature (SST) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (NOAA-AVHRR) imagery as input data; this approach established an important link between physical oceanography and fisheries’ biology. The prediction of marine ecosystem structures and functions depends on a thorough understanding of the physical and biological processes that govern the abundance, distribution and productivity of the organisms on a wide range of time and space scales. If the number of scientific contributions based on remote sensed data for the study of dynamics of marine ecosystems is rapidly increasing, unfortunately the number of operational tools and products is currently quite limited; therefore, to address this gap, the SAFI project goal was to contribute with targeted new operational products from Earth Observation for fisheries and aquaculture applications that will be distributed through a service line linking and relying on the expertise of a number of SMEs brought together in the consortium.