10 November 2020

IoT and virtuous circle for small-scale fishers

CLS integrates the IoT in its innovations to facilitate the monitoring of fishing gear, prevent accidental loss and thus make a small additional contribution to the fight against ocean pollution.

For an artisanal fisherman, a gear lost at sea implies either an investment to replace it or hours spent at sea to recover it.
This is why CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites) deploys its expertise in environmental satellite services and IoT (Internet of Things) in a comprehensive project to help small-scale fisheries and combat plastic waste.

This project sets up a virtuous circle of concrete, complementary solutions carried by several actors to best meet their economic, societal and environmental needs.


  1. Support Traditional Fishers
    Satellite-connected fishing gear is easier to find and recover. Fishermen go directly to where they are, without wasting time, using less fuel, and limiting risks.
  2. Fishing gear inventory and plastic pollution control
    Connected fishing gears are easier to identify. National and international institutions can edit in a few clicks an inventory to evaluate their number and characteristics.
  3. Lost Fishing Gear: High-Tech Recovery
    Gear that is localized but inaccessible to fishermen is recovered more easily. Shallow water and complicated diving experts can use a unique “rov-olutionary” underwater robot to bring them to the surface.
  4. Circular economy: plastic fished out, recycled, reused
    Recovered but damaged fishing gear is recycled. Local social and solidarity initiatives transform them and give them a second life.


Through this project and by using the ARGOS technology operated by Kinéis, CLS is once again demonstrating its ability to innovate for people and the environment, and its expertise in IoT technologies, here at the service of traditional fishing and the fight against plastic waste