Ocean Sentinel

Fisheries are operating worldwide over nation’s Economic Exclusive Zones (EEZ) as well as over international waters. Knowledge about the distribution of fishing boats is fundamental for the regulation of fishing activities as well for the conservation of the oceans.

The idea of the OCEAN SENTINEL programme is to develop a system that would provide instantaneous information to authorities, international agreements, researchers and conservation organisms or the general public, on the location of fishing boats by using a new biologging system fitted on foraging seabirds.

The new logger called CENTURION couple a XGPS platform with a satellite transmission system (Argos) that would send instantaneously the location of vessels to a receiving site. It make available immediately the information obtained from the CENTURION logger through a website accessible to researchers and anybody of the society interested in these informations.


Thus the aim of OCEAN SENTINEL programme is uniquely to generate social benefits by providing information to a wide range of beneficiaries, from governments or regional authorities managing EEZ and natural resources, regional or national fishing authorities, researchers and non-governmental organisation in conservation.

The concept will be tested in the Southern Indian Ocean from Crozet and Kerguelen, where valuable and extensive fisheries operate in EEZs and over oceanic waters. It is expected that this concept will be used in other areas where information on fisheries location are needed.

Partners :
Sextant Technology company (New Zealand)
Administration and the National Reserve of Terres Australes Françaises
French Polar Institute (IPEV)