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A real-time and interactive communication network/commercial seafood and fishing information system on sea and ashore

Multi-cultural fishery mgmt.System for vertically integrated
commercial communication from processing to distribution of
seafood (fishing vessel to consumer). Develop coherent
nomenclature/industrial standards for better commercial use.

Definition: INFOMAR relates to the area of Information technology, but is tangential to areas of communication, transport and the environment. The project involves organising a Real-Time and interactive seafood and fishing information system and a multi-cultural communication network for vertically integrated commercial communication at all stages of processing and distribution of seafood from fishing vessel to consumer. The aim is more transparent seafood markets and more efficient distribution of seafood catches, beneficial to all parties involved and helpful to resource management. The targeted user groups include the fishing fleet, vessel owners, the fishing industry, auction fish markets, fish sales associations, seafood wholesalers and larger retail organisations, public resource administrations and research institutions. Also, information gathering and communication connected to fishery management and control. One main aim of the project is the creation of Regional Seafood Information Centres (RESIC's), that, based on the use of common standards, can be interconnected into a S.W.I.F.T. (SOCIETY FOR WORLD-WIDE INTERBANK TELECOMMUNICATIONS S.C.) type International Seafood Information Organisation (ISIS) linking independently operating RESIC's that collects and distributes data from information providers in defined areas. Part of the planned services is also the collection and distribution of non-commercial information through the same channels for on-board use and creation of gateways to other related information sources such as transport, insurance and financial services. The project involves development of standard terminology and codes (fish species, conditions and identities) standard document format (EDIFACT) and carriers (X.400 and INMARSAT-C) enabling multi-cultural interchange of coherent commercial information. Phases: The INFOMAR project will benefit from the results and developments of various projects within Europe, such as HALIOS (EUREKA project), INFOFISK (Nordic Industry Fund project) and information technology in the fishing sector (Norwegian FISHERY RESEARCH COUNCIL project). 1. The Feasibility and Definition Phase involves: * structural analysis of seafood industry, market conditions and development trends (economic, social and technical) relevant to the definition and implementation of INFOMAR. * system analysis and design of the information system. * identification of major interest groups and parties affected by implementation of INFOMAR. Evaluation of mutual or possible conflicts of interests. * Decision on types of standards and codes, document formats and carriers to be used within the project. * final definition and planning of INFOMAR implementation and exploitation phases. * Identification, selection of and discussions with potential new members in implementation phase and making of final co-operation agreements. * Running of various local pilot projects during this phase. 2. The Implementation Phase involves: * Development of common standards, codes, formats and carriers engaging supportive measures from regional authorities and the E.C. * Development of necessary software and hardware solutions including adapting older systems to common standards. * Running of pilot projects in different regions testing local requirements. * Reaching common solutions by interconnecting various regions with different market conditions, languages and cultural traditions. * Sale of developed products and information services to a defined and limited test group before full scale commercial exploitation. 3. Full Exploitation Phase involves: * Setting up full scale marketing and servicing system in accordance with contracts between partners. Division into sub-projects: Structural analysis of seafood sector: Structural analysis of seafood industry, market conditions and development trends (economic, social and technical) relevant to the definition and implementation of INFOMAR. Information and communication standards for seafood: Development of information and communication standards for seafood to enable coherent commercial exchange between different cultures and languages as well as different stages in the vertical process of seafood from fisherman to consumer. Three levels of standardisation are to be focused upon: 1. Common terms and codes: This includes relevant multi-lingual nomenclature and codes for use in commercial information exchange such as fish species, size, locations, time, fishing gear, condition, handling methods, storage, processing, packing and quality parameters. Developing a system of short codes for information transfer and storage is essential to minimalise communication costs and ease transition between languages. The standards will cover data elements for reporting and communication with fishing authorities. 2. Common electronic document format: EDIFACT format will be used where applicable, X.400 and INMARSAT-C. Related to this are standards for compression and decompression of data. Creation of Regional Seafood Information Centres (RESIC's) and ISIS. Regional Seafood Information Centres are to collect and distribute, on a commercial basis, trade-related information on seafood from information providers (fish markets, fishing vessels, etc.) in a defined area and give customers access to other relevant information sources such as transport, insurance and financial services. Seafood data includes real-time information on advance landings on European fish markets with direct connection to the same markets for instant price information on the various fish types auctioned and quantities involved. Information on advanced landings and prices to be broadcast to fishing vessels via INMARSAT-C. Further distribution of non-commercial information through the same channels for on-board use (Oceanographic, Meteorological, Resource and Environment Supervision and Public/Administrative information). Based on the use of common standards, RESIC's will be linked through the International Seafood Information System (ISIS) giving customers access to all interconnected RESIC's. Information System Software: Development of software and necessary hardware for RESIC's and ISIS, including gateways to external sources and software for "land based" customers for use in communications and processing of data. On-Board Communication and information system: Development of hardware and software for automatic reception of information (market prices and advanced landings, weather forcasts, fisheries management directives and licence changes, quota-status, news, etc.) through INMARSAT-C, storing in an open database, interfacing with on-board information systems and processing of this data for use in decision making on-board. Development of hardware/software for fishing vessels to be used to complete a detailed catch report that can be sent in full and/or subsets via INMARSAT-C satellite and coastal networks to fleet managers, fish markets, commercial information systems, fisheries authorities and research institutions. Tele-Auction systems: Development of tele-auction systems for auctioning different types of seafood while vessels are still at sea and interconnecting many fish auctions enabling buyers to trade at distant auctions through their local auction. Fishery management system: Development of integrated software for fleet monitoring and interactive communication between fisheries authorities and fishing vessels.
Acronym: 
INFOMAR
Project ID: 
770
Start date: 
01-04-1992
Project Duration: 
57months
Project costs: 
7 400 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.