Satellite used to figure fishery potential

JAKARTA – Academics from Syiah Kuala University have gauged the fishery catch potential in the maritime area of Aceh province by utilizing NASA’s SeaStar satellite, which has the capacity to screen the world’s oceans.

Fardhi Adria, a student at the Banda Aceh-based university, said that he cooperated with lecturer Khairul Munadi to conduct a study to measure the distribution of fishery potential in the area with free images provided by the satellite.

Such information is useful for fisherman to better navigate their search, he said.

“They won’t have to spend time roaming the sea because the images would tell them exactly where to go,” he said during a seminar on imaging technologies last week, as quoted by

Launched in 1997, the satellite is equipped with the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) instrument, which is capable of measuring the presence of different types and quantities of marine phytoplankton, which affect the color of the ocean.

Images from the satellite could be used for academic and research purposes, but are strictly prohibited for commercial use.