This network monitors illegal activity across 3,100 miles of Maryland coastland, including oyster sanctuary waters in Chesapeake Bay. The solid state radars are able to detect small, low-radar cross section targets such as boats used by poachers.
Officer John Bromley of the MNRP said: “MLEIN was a definite asset on the water and enhanced our ability to respond to the situation. It was like having an extra pair of eyes on the patrol boat.”
Other benefits that led to the MNRP’s selection of SharpEye™ include enhanced detection of small targets in heavy rain and high sea states; and the advanced detection in poor conditions allowed by the patented pulse sequence and Doppler processing.
Adrian Pilbeam, Vice President of Kelvin Hughes LLC said, “SharpEye™ radars provide MNRP with reliable, low maintenance surface search radar. Detection of small targets was critical in the selection of the radar, which already has assisted MNRP in successfully intercepting illegal activity.”
Enhanced enforcement is one of the goals under Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s 10-point Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan. In 2011, he signed a sweeping law that included stricter penalties for both egregious first-time and serial offenders. The SharpEyeTM radars ensure the poachers have nowhere to hide.
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