Portugal: The Joint Research Center (JRC) through its Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) developed a software package, Search for Unidentified Marine Objects (SUMO). It enables automatic detection of vessels using satellite imagery. This software will be supplied to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in order to help Member States authorities to improve their response and prevention activities to pollution from ships.
The software aims to improve its oil pollution detection system. It has been developed in support of the European Union’s (EU) fisheries legislation. Recently, the Commission launched its proposal to reform such legislation. The reform will introduce a decentralised approach to science-based fisheries management by region and sea basin, and introduce better governance standards in the EU and on the international level through sustainable fisheries agreements. With regard the international fisheries agreements, the EU signed a new protocol with Morocco.