THORIUM Chosen by Pacific Longline Fleet

THORIUM Chosen by Pacific Longline Fleet

THORIUM Chosen by Pacific Longline Fleet

(LANHAM, MD) – In a sweeping measure to improve the sustainable management of Pacific tunas and swordfish, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Management Council, together with the Hawaiian Longliners Association and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service have selected CLS America to equip the entire U.S. Western Pacific Longline fleet with state-of-the-art satellite reporting technology. “The Pacific region has always been a leader in adapting new technological tools to improve fisheries management.” explained Eric Kingma, the overall project manager. “These new, real-time tools give us access to fisheries information that we’ve never had before.”
 
“We are extremely proud to be a partners with these fishermen, scientists and managers who are taking this proactive lead in real-time fisheries reporting”, explained Michael Kelly, Vice President of CLS America. “Our latest product, THORIUM, allows fishermen and scientists alike to collect and utilize ocean data in entirely new ways”. 
 
THORIUM is a satellite data communications tool that tracks fishing fleets, and provides a fast, reliable, and cost-effective satellite link for vessels to send real-time catch reports and vessel information, get weather reports, send and receive email and a number of other features.  THORIUM uses Iridium’s Short Burst Data (SBD) technology, an innovative technology that is much less expensive than conventional satellite communications tools.  Kelly continues, “SBD technology gives fishermen a new tool to manage their business, to improve safety at sea, and to stay connected to home, the office and fishing markets no matter where in the world they are”.
 
CLS America is a global leader in oceanic data collection.  THORIUM provides fishermen with easy electronic forms on a wireless tablet connected to Iridium’s global satellite constellation.  The longline fleet will now report real-time electronic fishing and catch data to NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, via satellite, giving managers and fisheries scientists vastly improved information to manage valuable Pacific fish species.  THORIUM’s secure online viewers allow managers, fishing companies, and captain’s to view fishing and catch data along with critical oceanic data like sea-surface temperature, ocean productivity, and current data.  This gives fishermen the most comprehensive view ever of huge ocean areas, and gives them new tools for fisheries forecasting. 
 
For more information on THORIUM VMS and CLS America, please visit www.thoriumvms.com
or contact Michael Kelly at CLS America, (301) 925-4411. 

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