Marine Scotland Compliance owns two Reims Cessna Caravan II F-406 aircraft (Watchdog Alpha and Watchdog Bravo), which are used for aerial surveillance as part of our fisheries enforcement responsibilities. The current aircraft were delivered in 2008 after being built for Marine Scotland Compliance at the Reims factory in France.
The aircraft are currently based at Inverness Airport and responsibility for providing aircrew and maintenance is contracted out to Directflight.
The aircraft are tasked daily by the Fisheries Monitoring Centre, taking account of enforcement priorities identified following an analysis of available information resources.
One of the aircraft is fitted with a visible light and infra-red video camera. This camera also has a laser illuminator which aids vessel identification in low and no light conditions.