General Manager | Marine Instruments
Gabriel Gómez Celaya (Gernika, Spain – October 25, 1973) is the General Manager of Marine Instruments since 2013. Before joining the company, he worked in national and international companies in both technical and managerial positions. Gabriel has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of the Basque Country and a full-time MBA from HEC Paris Business School.
After 17 years of living and working in various countries in Europe and Asia, Gabriel returned to Galicia in 2013 to become the General Manager of Marine Instruments, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of technologically advanced electronic equipment for harsh marine environments, smart oceans, and sustainable fishing. Marine Instruments is an innovation-driven company that has continuously outperformed the market. In recent years and thanks to a strong diversification strategy, it is developing solutions for other vertical markets, such as Aquaculture or Security and Defence.
In recent years, Marine Instruments has been recognized by the European Business Awards for its extraordinary performance. In 2019, it was also awarded the Ernst and Young Innovation Award.
Advances in technology are changing the way we can approach major concerns such as fisheries sustainability. Helicopters and recently satellite buoys have been for years the prime tools for locating tuna but new technologies are due to revolutionize the efficiency of fishing operations, reducing carbon footprint and improving selectivity.
One of those is MarineViewTM, an intuitive software tool integrating oceanographic information with buoy data allowing the skipper to analyse future sea conditions in order to identify the best areas for fishing. MarineView employs predictive analytics to forecast the foreseeable drifting of FADs, improving fishing performance as well as providing an effective tool to prevent undesired beaching events.
Furthermore, recent innovations in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) together with automatic image recognition and artificial intelligence (AI) allow for very effective drone solutions for the detection of bird flocks and free schools of tuna. TunaDroneTM is a lightweight flying wing powered by solar panels that can endure10 hours surveillance in average sun conditions and a digital data link with a range of nearly 20 nautical miles.
In the end, these key enabling technologies are bringing on a true 4th industrial revolution to the tuna fishing industry, a revolution that will improve the sustainability of our fisheries in all three pillars: economic, environmental, and social.