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Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ)

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Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ)

What to study?

For Prelims: What are PFZs, Oceansat?

For Mains: Significance of PFZs.

Context: The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has reported that Oceansat Satellite data are used to prepare the Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories on the potential rich fishing areas and provide to the sea faring fishermen in all states.

How are these zones identified?

This methodology utilizes data on chlorophyll concentration (Chl) obtained from ISRO’s Oceansat-2 satellite and the sea surface temperature from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA / USA satellites).

About Oceansat-2:

  • Launched in 2009, it is designed to provide service continuity for operational users of the Ocean Colour Monitor (OCM) instrument on Oceansat-1.
  • The main objectives of OceanSat-2 are to study surface winds and ocean surface strata, observation of chlorophyll concentrations, monitoring of phytoplankton blooms, study of atmospheric aerosols and suspended sediments in the water.

Gagan Enabled Mariner’s Instrument for Navigation and Information (GEMINI) device:

For seamless and effective dissemination of emergency information and communication on disaster warnings, Potential Fishing Zones (PFZ) and Ocean States Forecasts (OSF) to fishermen, the Government today launched the Gagan Enabled Mariner’s Instrument for Navigation and Information (GEMINI) device.

The GEMINI device receives and transfers the data received from GAGAN satellite/s to a mobile through Bluetooth communication. A mobile application developed by INCOIS decodes and displays the information in nine regional languages.

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Prelims Link:

  1. GEMINI Device.
  2. Samudra project- implementation and objectives.
  3. How are PFZs identified?
  4. Geosynchronous vs Geostationary satellites.
  5. Where are earth observation satellites placed?

Mains Link:

Discuss what are potential fishing zones and how they are identified.

Sources: pib.