The use of drones is seen widely across law enforcement agencies, in the detection of crimes and the evidencing of offences. Drones can be used in dynamic environments, as a fast response to monitor, record and evidence illegal activity that may not otherwise be seen, as well as being used for routine observations and checks.
The drone used by Sussex IFCA for fisheries enforcement and management is the DJI M300 RTK, fitted with a H20T camera. The camera features a laser rangefinder, thermal imaging, zoom and wide-angle functions, which in addition to GPS technology, will assist the detection and evidencing of fisheries offences. The drone will also be used for management and policy functions, to observe and monitor Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and other areas of environmental concern.