Published date: 2 April 2020

Awarded contract - This means that the contract has been awarded to a supplier.

Closing: 24 February 2020

Contract summary


  • Systems and technical consultancy services - 72220000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

2 April 2020

Closing date

24 February 2020

Contract start date

6 March 2020

Contract end date

17 April 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

Non-OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued below a certain financial threshold.

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Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



1.1 The Authority is looking for Tenderer(s) for a desk top exercise seeking innovative technological solutions for sea and fisheries control and enforcement.

1.2 Defra and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) would like to better understand the practicalities of using machine learning (and related areas such as artificial intelligence) for the purposes of fisheries control and enforcement. A desk-based exercise is required to build on previous Artificial Intelligence (AI) proof of concept work undertaken in 2018 looking at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of vessel inspections that take place at sea.

1.3 Machine learning used in analysis platforms has the potential to enable fishing activity to be identified and corroborated automatically, identifying apparent anomalies that characterise possible IUU fishing activity to be focussed on and analysed further. This has the potential to encourage greater levels of compliance, provide comprehensive intelligence and enable more efficient and effective enforcement methods. Data analysis platforms specialise in collecting large quantities of data ('big data') and analyse it through specific algorithms to reveal patterns, trends and associations. These platforms can present data to enforcement authorities through an intuitive interface to visualise complex data associations and create clear actionable outputs in the form of intelligence reports and real-time alerts for example. Data platforms support the current risk-based intelligence led approach to operational planning and enforcement.

1.4 We are keen to understand which existing projects or areas of work where machine learning and artificial intelligence is being trialled or currently used that has applicability to fisheries control and enforcement.

More information


Award information

Awarded date

4 March 2020

Contract start date

6 March 2020

Contract end date

17 April 2020

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.



54 Welbeck Street, London W16 9XS


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About the buyer


Mallard House, Kings Pool, 1-2 Peasholme Green