The Balearic Islands improve the management of fishing areas with “green boxes”

The Balearic Islands improve the management of fishing areas with “green boxes”

These devices help the authorities to monitor the state of the resources and to fight against illegal fishing.

This year, the regional authorities of the Balearic Islands (Spain) are extending a project aimed at equipping the largest number of small fishing vessels operating in the territory of the region with the so-called “green boxes”.

They are smart devices that send information about the location of the boat and thus allow the accumulation of data, such as the viability of fishing areas and the movements of fishermen. For small-scale fleets, it provides a tool and a sense of security, like those previously available to aircraft through radar control.

Better management of fishery resources

The green squares are free places for fishermen. These devices, which include a solar panel to avoid power loss problems, provide data such as vessel identification, geographic position, course and speed, and date and time of position. geographical.

In this way, it will be possible to know the productivity of the fishing areas, also in the protected areas, as well as the management and programming of the fleets to optimize the work. Information will be a fundamental tool for the development and implementation of policies for the conservation of resources and the management of the fisheries sector.

Last year, 77 small ships in Ibiza and Formentera and 23 ships in the Colònia de Sant Jordi (Majorca) received the green boxes. This year, the General Directorate of Fisheries and Marine Environment of the Balearic Islands plans to equip 50 other boats from the island of Menorca, and as many from the largest island of Mallorca.

The innovative practice itself began in 2004 in the Andalusia region and was considered a success. The authorities have invited fishermen to volunteer for the experiment and today 97% of the regional artisanal fleet is equipped with green boxes.