Berring Data Collective

Ocean data from fishing gear: Connecting and benefiting fishermen, science and maritime industries.

ENABLING FISHERMEN TO COLLECT DATA

Commercial fishing gear is a cost effective platform for collecting oceanographic data.

Fishing gear offers a free ride for sensors, so fishermen are fishing for data and fish at the same time.

A network of fishing vessels can provide cost effective and real-time data profiles around the world.

CONNECTING PROGRAMS AND FLEETS ALREADY COLLECTING DATA TO A WIDER DATA USER BASE

Many scientific programs or fishing fleets collect ocean data for one specific use case. However, this data is valuable to a much broader range of users. We are working to connect the multitude of both data users and consumers. Agile and flexible data management combined with vessel confidentiality ensures all users and producers get the data solutions they need.

WHY?

Today the collection of oceanographic data, especially subsurface data, is expensive. The high costs of data collection make longer-term monitoring not viable. This resulting data shortage holds back advances in a wide range of sciences and industries. 

WHERE?

CONCEPT

At BDC we are:
•Enabling fishing vessels to collect data.
•Engaging fishing fleets and scientific programs who are already collecting data to get their data to those who need it.

At BDC we offer:
•A flexible database with data and meta-data standards
•Custom-tailored APIs to query and deliver data specific to the users’ needs
•For fishermen: an additional source of income
•Increased exposure and funding opportunities for existing programs 

​BDC supplies fishing vessels with the sensors and equipment necessary to collect ocean data. The sensors are about 25 cm with protective housing and can be attached to the net or to the trawl door. The equipment is for free and the fishing operations can continue as normal.

PRESPECTIVES

FOR FISHERMEN

  • Fishing for data: More money
  • Fish smarter: Know where and when to fish
  • Contribution to science: Green industry branding
  • Long term: data for improved fisheries management 

Fishing tracks in the Skagerrak and North Sea.

FOR OCEANOGRAPHERS AND METEOROLOGISTS

Fishermen are fishing in areas where data is needed most but also scarcest: in shelf seas, coastal waters and the Arctic.

SENSOR SPECIFICATIONS

We use NKE WiSens (C)TD sensors

Conductivity (C)
Accuracy: 0.04 mS/cm

Temperature (T)
Accuracy: 0.005°C

Depth (D)
Accuracy: 0.15% 

FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MONITORING

The importance of monitoring our oceans cannot be overstated. The oceans provide food, resources, and employment for billions. Oceans also provide essential climate regulation services, and is our largest buffer against increasing global temperatures from carbon emissions. Roughly 93% of the excess heat and 30% of the carbon produced by climate change is absorbed into the ocean. However, this crucial buffering capacity could change due to e.g. shifts in ocean currents or ocean acidification. Recent studies have shown large errors in prior modeled understandings of the ocean (Cheng, et al. 2019, Lozier, et al. 2019). These models are built and run with inadequate data, directly decreasing the accuracy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports (Lozier, et al. 2019).

The current state of the art in autonomous and cost effective ocean data collection technologies cannot operate around sea ice. Unfortunately, it is of the utmost importance to monitor sea ice processes for a wide range of climate change processes. Fortunately, fishing vessels often prefer to fish the ice line, providing an opportunity to get get data where it is needed most. 

FOR FISHERIES SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

Hydrographic data coupled directly with fine scale catch data is a key step forward in the implementation of Ecosystem based fisheries management.The oceanographic data measured with the sensors can be directly correlated to the catches, meaning a much better view on when and where which fish species are. This means that quotas can be improved and that by-catch can be avoided more effectively. Leading to an overall improvement of ocean health.

Fishermen getting paid to collect data, and doing it on their own terms flips the current paradigm of top-down fisheries data collection. Involving fishermen in the scientific process leads to increased stakeholder involvement, improved dialogue between fishermen and scientists, and ultimately better compliance to regulations.

Increased insights for scientists, more precise and higher average quotas for fishermen. 

FISHING FOR DATA WORKSHOP

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CORE TEAM

COOPER VAN VRANKEN (US)

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR / CEO

Moving from commercial fishing into fisheries science in Denmark lead to the diverse perspectives and inspiration for Berring Data Collective.

cooper@berringdatacollective.com

BERTHE VASTENHOUD (BE/NL)

CHIEF DATA OFFICER

With a background in fisheries science and management, Berthe has specialized in fisheries modeling and data processing for maritime spatial planning applications.

berthe@berringdatacollective.com

CARLES CASTRO MUNIAIN (ESP)

IT ENGINEER

Carles is Robotics and Automation engineer with a background in Industrial and Electrical Engineering. He is fluent in diverse programming languages, but standing out in Python.

carles@berringdatacollective.com

CAPT. JOE LITCHFIELD (US)

NORTH PACIFIC OPERATIONS

Captain Joe has over 50 years of sea-going experience. First as a trawler on the east coast of the US, then off of Alaska. An expert net-builder, Joe is an endless supply of sea-faring experiences. After an illustrious trawling career, Joe pivoted to research and exploration voyages, deploying a wide array of oceanographic monitoring systems.

CaptainJoe492@gmail.com   

ADVISORY COMMITEE

JAMES MANNING

FISHERIES SCIENTIST & EMOLT PROGRAM FOUNDER

Jim Manning has been at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center for 30+ years. After a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (UMO) and master’s degree in oceanography (URI), his career has been largely devoted to building low-cost ocean observing systems with the help of commercial fishermen. Jim has been the primary architect and operator of eMOLT, which is one of the largest and most successful programs utilizing fishing gear to collect oceanographic data. 

DENNIS LISBJERG

HEAD OF SECTION OF MARITIME SERVICE, DTU AQUA

Dennis is head of Maritime Service in the Technical University of Denmark, Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua). In this position he is responsible for the research vessels involved in the collection of fisheries monitoring data in Denmark. He holds a MSc in Marine biology and a MBA. Besides working at DTU, he is involved in citizen science efforts in Danish Zoological Society collecting data on sea turtles.

 

HEIDI​ ANDREASEN

FISHERIES BIOLOGIST, ​DTU AQUA

Heidi originally hails from the Faroe Islands, from a family with strong fishing traditions. She has been working at the Technical University of Denmark, Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) as a fisheries biologist for over 25 years, with extensive biological, laboratory, acoustic, and oceanographic data collection and processing experience. Heidi is a strong link between the Nordic fishing communities and scientific researchers, providing invaluable connections to BDC.

 

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