Posted on October 24, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
South Korea plans to expand its use of drones in order to monitor marine littering, and illegal fishing taking place in the country’s waters.
According to the South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, an internal venture team has set a goal of deploying up to 500 unmanned drones by the year 2022 in an effort to tackle offshore illegal activities.
Initially, the ministry will deploy three drones on a trial basis, in order to monitor local illegal fishing activities, before moving on to the next stage of the program.
Should the project be a success, the Ministry will develop plans for longer range drones by 2022, so as to establish a wide monitoring network.
As the first step of the program, the drones will be launched in five major ports around the country, namely – Busan, Incheon, Yeosu, Mokpo and Ulsan, steadily increasing the number of drones to 50 by the year 2020.
The drones will operate in a multi-functional capacity, seeing as there are plans for them to be used for off-shore security, marine traffic management, and the delivery of goods to remote islands.