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Underwater Drones Cracking Down on Unlawful Fisheries

Brendan Cook   |   April 29, 2017

Deep Trekker™ Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are becoming common practice in the Aquaculture industry to maintain the sites - enforcement officers use the same Deep Trekker underwater drones to regulate them.

The aquaculture industry is something that Deep Trekker™ is quite familiar with. From humble beginnings, the ultimate aquaculture ROV has grown to meet the ever-developing needs of clients. From listening to our aquaculture industry professionals, site managers now benefit from the truly portable, robust inspection tool to monitor their assets below the surface. However, fish farmers are not the only ones to take advantage of Deep Trekker™ Remotely Operated Vehicles. Enforcement agencies, such as the Department of Fisheries & Oceans, are enlisting Deep Trekker ROVs to perform investigations on sites.

Enforcing the Aquaculture Industry Regulations

Ideally, every farmer would properly maintain their sites within the confines of the law. Nonetheless, some operations are not up to code or unapproved. As enticing it may seem to harvest shellfish as an illicit business, all legalities aside, undermining the aquaculture industry as a whole and can be potentially dangerous to both the person consuming the product and to the environment. In order for aquaculture to be accepted as a sustainable food resource, these cases must be regulated and enforced.


Similar to aquaculture site managers, enforcement officers use underwater drones to survey aquaculture sites and to investigate suspicious areas. Being that the operations are below the surface, malpractice may not be as evident to the general public or law enforcement. With the emergence of Remotely Operated Vehicles, many government agencies make use of ROVs to regulate the submerged happenings of the aquaculture industry.

Investigating these unknown areas could be potentially dangerous. By offering a remote first option (a term used for sending a drone into action prior to human engagement), officers record and document their findings from the drone and then determine the best course of action. Deep Trekker ROVs are equipped with a high-definition camera capable of rotating 270-degrees. This offers a broad field of view for investigators to scope out.

Patrolling & Investigating Sites

When out on patrol or after receiving a tip, officers may come across an illegal aquaculture operation or discover that a site is not properly managed. Using the underwater drone, the investigating party can have eyes on the operating happening below the surface. Taking advantage of the Deep Trekker's onboard HD camera, the submerged infrastructure and be recorded and documented for in the event there is a trial.


If a site is due for closure, operators are able to safely monitor the dismantling process of the aquaculture site using the ROV. Ensuring that the cleanup is completed and nothing is left that could harm the environment.

With a multitude of attachments and their abilities to perform underwater tasks, it only makes sense that both aquaculture managers and enforcement agencies turn to Deep Trekker Remotely Operated Vehicles.

The Aquaculture Industry Underwater Drone

Underwater Drone with Lights

For years, industry professionals have been turning to Deep Trekker ROVs to monitor the day-to-day operations of their aquaculture sites. Their unique pitching system provides site managers and enforcement officers to maneuver with ease through the water. Built for portability, the entire ROV fits within one carrying case so that it can be transported comfortably around the farm.

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