Cybit nets fisheries contract

The Cypriot Department of Fisheries and Marine Research has awarded Cybit Holdings a contract worth around £1m for a GPS based fisheries management system.

The work will be undertaken by Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire-based Cybit’s marine telematics division, BlueFinger.

The system will provide low cost, web based monitoring of smaller fishing boats operating within the Cypriot fishing industry. According to Cybit, it will assist the Department of Fisheries to manage its fishing grounds to ensure long term sustainability.

Cybit’s tracking system will provide detailed information on the whereabouts of fishing boats and their activity. The system will monitor 500 licensed fishing boats of less than 15m in length operating in Cypriot waters. It will be used to provide accurate GPS positioning for each vessel to monitor vessel behaviour and to ensure that no unlicensed vessels are operating in the Cypriot coastal fisheries.

Richard Horsman, Cybit’s chief executive, said: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded this contract which includes hardware, software, airtime and support services over an initial five- year period. Our Bluefinger business has existing long-term contracts with the UK and Irish governments and we also help to manage valuable fishing stocks for over thirteen nations, including Namibia, Greece and Ghana.

‘Cyprus is one of the first European countries to introduce a sophisticated web based monitoring system to this sector of the fishing industry and I am sure it will reap the long term sustainability benefits of its foresighted approach.’