In Chile, ACS is designing and testing a market model that provides measurable coastal biodiversity benefits while simultaneously providing livelihood security to fishing cooperatives. In partnership the social start-up Shellcatch, Stefan Gelcich (Center for Applied Ecology and Sustainability, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile), and Mike Sorice (Va Tech University, USA), we are doing so by co-designing a program with artisanal fishers that compensates them for the opportunity costs forgone by setting aside a portion of their Territorial User Rights for Fisheries as a no-take zone. The outcome is a scalable program that provides a supplementary revenue stream to fishing cooperatives in exchange for management actions that produce verified biodiversity benefits and promote sustainable fisheries.
We are partnering with the social business Shellcatchto develop the technology and protocols to verify contract conditions with participating fishing cooperatives. Building on over three years of experience in Chile, we have developed video monitoring and GPS technology that can detect anti-poaching events within established no-take zones. This technology is the foundation to monitor the anti-poaching surveillance and reporting component that is required by participating fishing cooperatives.
Below is video footage of our land-based video monitoring system designed to detect poaching events, as well as verify contract compliance with participating fishing cooperatives.