Volume 66

The Use of FADs as a Tool to Observe Marine Currents

Gervain, P. and L. Reynal
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Date: November, 2013

Pages: 131 – 134

Event: Proceedings of the Sixty six Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Corpus Christy

Country: USA


In order to manage the FADS fleet in Guadeloupe, all FADS have been equipped with a GPS and a data transmission system. The data have been processed to provide information on the currents direction and indications of their intensity around the island. The methodology that has been applied is explained and discussed. An example of a map of the currents around Guadeloupe is presented. Examples are provided to establish the relevance of having the FADS fitted with GPS and processing the collected data. The goal is not only to limit losses but also to expand the knowledge on coastal currents and enable the fishermen to understand the impact this may have on the catches on FADS fishing of large pelagics. Using the FADS for supporting other oceanographic measurement tools would altogether promote environmental monitoring and share out the FADS costs among several users.

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