About Peskas

Peskas is the result of an ongoing partnership between WorldFish and the Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries' since 2016. Peskas is the official fisheries national monitoring system of Timor-Leste and represents one of the most sophisticated data collection systems for small-scale fisheries in the world.

Peskas’ platform collects real-time information directly from fishermen’s activity via a system of digital surveys developed in KoBo toolbox. In addition, Peskas uses the technology provided by Pelagic Data System to record vessel movements via solar-powered tracking devices).The information collected is subjected to an elaborate processing and cleaning through an open-source code pipeline on GitHub, and trought Peskas portal provide important data in the hands of fisheries officers, researchers and local stakeholders and enables them to better understand the contribution of fish and fisheries to local livelihoods and food security.

Information about the process and user-centred design of the Peskas pipeline and initial analytics, and its application in fisheries research & management can be found in the following publications:

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