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Our Approach

TMT works in close cooperation with our country, inter-governmental and other partners to provide: Fisheries intelligence & analysis, cutting edge technology, fisheries enforcement support, regional cooperation facilitation, maritime domain awareness, capacity building, ground truthing and evidence.

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Fisheries Intelligence & Analysis 

TMT actively collects, analyses and shares information relevant to fisheries operations with our partners. As well as assisting in the general oversight of industrial fishing operations, we provide risk assessment and direct investigative support to targeted cases, focusing on not only vessels but the operators behind them.

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Cutting Edge Technology

TMT internally develops technological solutions to strengthen and speed up the information collection and analytical processes required to ensure that our partners’ operations are intelligence-led. Integrating thousands of vessel, ownership, positional, compliance and operational information sources, our platform FACT contains the richest global overview of the industrial fishing fleet, including identifiers, company structures, compliance history, documents, and images. Increasingly this data is being made available to relevant partner platforms, as well as through the development of tools such as Vessel Viewer. 

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Fisheries Enforcement Support

TMT provides our partners with information relating to fisheries crimes in their jurisdictions and assists with the planning and implementation of enforcement operations and measures. Technical assistance is provided to ensure that the intelligence picture is as strong as possible, that planned operations are intelligence-led, and that enforcement opportunities are maximised.

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Facilitate Regional Cooperation

Combatting illegal fishing cannot be achieved by one country, agency, or organisation alone. TMT actively builds and facilitates cooperation between these actors. We work with regional groupings of countries, encouraging and taking part in regional cooperation and information sharing. Within each partner country we work alongside all relevant national agencies that have a role in fisheries enforcement (fisheries, port authorities, maritime authorities, navies and coast guards, and others) to build cooperation, the sharing of tools, and cooperation on operations. We coordinate with relevant international and non-governmental organisations and initiatives, and strongly promote a State and non-State actor cooperation model.

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Maritime Domain Awareness

TMT has extensive experience in the use of vessel tracking data and maritime domain awareness platforms. We have the ability to integrate VMS, AIS and other sources of positional information into our analysis processes and tools, and train operators on these systems and the use of their data.

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Capacity Building 

TMT works closely with country partners to provide training that helps build their capacity to identify, analyse, and enforce illegal fishing and broader fisheries crime. Both targeted training and ongoing in-country and remote assistance are provided, through workshops, training materials, and direct technical assistance.

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Ground Truthing / Evidence Basing

TMT works at the ‘pointy-end’ of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, in close cooperation with enforcement agencies. Through our work we are frequently in a position to gain insight and understanding, and develop relevant case studies of issues that are exploited by illegal operators. This information can inform key policy dialogue and change, legal framework review, and operational decision making needed to address these challenges.

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