Ocean Power Technologies Awarded Contract with WildAid and Caribbean Law Enforcement to Combat Illegal Fishing with Uncrewed Technologies
Under this new agreement, OPT will provide WildAid and their Caribbean Law Enforcement partners with an OPT WAM-V 16 Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) equipped with an integrated quadcopter aerial drone. This cutting-edge technology will empower law enforcement agencies and conservation organizations to safeguard marine life from illegal harvesting while ensuring the sustainability of these critical ecosystems.
WildAid, an organization dedicated to inspiring change and empowering the world to protect wildlife and essential habitats from critical threats, including illegal fishing, wildlife trafficking, and climate change, will play a pivotal role in this partnership. WildAid's work spans the globe, with innovative communications campaigns reaching millions of people in
The collaboration between OPT, WildAid, and Caribbean Law Enforcement will harness the power of uncrewed surface and air assets to identify, track, and collect data from individuals seeking to disrupt the pattern of life and threaten the environment through their illicit activities. These technologies will provide unprecedented, networked surveillance capabilities and evidence collection, allowing authorities to gather critical information and support legal actions while keeping personnel safely out of harm's way until the precise time and conditions favor interdiction efforts.
This partnership represents a significant step forward in the fight against illegal fishing and the protection of marine life in vital habitats. OPT's uncrewed technologies, coupled with the expertise of WildAid and Caribbean Law Enforcement, will contribute to the preservation of marine ecosystems and the prevention of IUU fishing activities, which pose a significant threat to the environment.
Through this collaboration,
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OPT, a leader in innovative and cost-effective, low carbon marine data, power, and consulting services, provides intelligent maritime solutions and services that enable safer, cleaner, and more productive ocean operations for the defense and security, oil and gas, science and research, and offshore wind markets. Our PowerBuoy® platforms provide clean and reliable electric power and real-time data communications for remote maritime and subsea applications. We also provide WAM-V® autonomous surface vessels (ASV) and marine robotics services through our wholly owned subsidiary Marine Advanced Robotics and strategic consulting services including simulation engineering, software engineering, concept design and motion analysis through our wholly owned subsidiary 3Dent. We are headquartered in
WildAid is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to ending illegal wildlife trade, fighting climate change, and protecting our oceans. By inspiring change and strengthening effective enforcement efforts, WildAid is making a global impact in the preservation of our planet's most critical ecosystems.
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