G4S is helping Avramar keeps its Mediterranean farm safe from poachers and damage Photo: Avramar G4S is helping Avramar keeps its Mediterranean farm safe from poachers and damage Photo: Avramar

Aquaculture company Avramar is reaping the benefits of its fully integrated security operation put in place last year to protect its farms in the gulf of Astakos, off the western coast of Greece.

Fish farms in the Mediterranean are under threat from poachers or even organised criminal gangs which steal fish and damage equipment, nets and cages. Avramar, which farms sea bass and bream from its twelve static platforms over an area of 875,000m2, began work with G4S in 2019 to improve the protection of its farms.

Delayed slightly by the Covid-19 pandemic, the new solution was up and running by July last year. “The results have been exceptional, with no poaching incidents or damage caused to the farms since the new integrated security solution was put in place,” said Panagiotis Lamprintzis, G4S Greece secure solutions project manager.

Avramar decided that human surveillance alone was not sufficient to protect the farms so worked with G4S to use technology to enhance human efforts. The integrated approach includes a tracking device on life vests worn by employees and security guards which uses GPS to precisely pinpoint a man overboard and trigger an alarm.

Three speedboats are used to patrol the farms and specialised nautical radars and thermal and optical imaging cameras are used to protect the perimeter of each farm. “All systems are linked to the monitoring centre and an unidentified vessel will activate loudspeakers and a rotating beacon at the farm,” said Mr Lamprintzis.

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