Marine IT Lab

Country
Japan
Sustainable development goals
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Life below water
Project link
https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/singi/keizaisaisei/miraitoshikaigi/suishinkaigo2018/nourin/dai6/siryou7.pdf

About the project

Future University Hakodate’s Marine IT Lab is working with the Graduate School of Hokkaido University, Muroran Institute of Technology, and Hitachi Ltd. to develop an artificial intelligence system that supports sustainable and effective fishery by predicting fishing grounds and making informed decisions during fishing processes.

More project information

Future University Hakodate’s Marine IT Lab is working with the Graduate School of Hokkaido University, Muroran Institute of Technology, and Hitachi Ltd. to develop an artificial intelligence system that supports sustainable and effective fishery by predicting fishing grounds and making informed decisions during fishing processes.

While conventional methods of fishing rely on the instincts of experienced fishermen, which resulted in inconsistent catches and business outcomes, the use of artificial intelligence supports fishermen make informed decisions surrounding fishing locations and processes based on sea currents and water temperature monitoring and analysis. It also supports fixed net fishing by informing workers of the best times to haul nets and fishing devices, helping to increase productivity in a sector that faces labor shortages and international competition. 

Fishery is a key industry in Japan, which has one of the highest rates of fish consumption in the world. However, the country has been criticized internationally for overfishing. The artificial intelligence system is looking to address this issue by incorporating detection and analysis mechanisms to prevent excessive fishing of particular species in compliance with international fishing regulations.

The project contributes to Decent Work and Economic Growth by increasing efficiency in the fishery industry in Japan which faces serious challenges such as shortage and aging of the labor force involved, despite the nation’s highest consumption of fish products in the world. Japan has also been criticized internationally for overfishing and this project will help address this issue, contributing to the goal of Life Below Water by reducing unnecessary fishing pressure and ecosystem damage.