This is a post originally posted on stacksoverflow, but I was recommended to post it here also.

I have a lot of position data from fishing vessels, from where I would like to detect fishing activity. Basically fishing vessel are either steaming, fishing or inactive. I uploaded an example of a typical days data here:


We can read the data:

l <- readRDS(paste0(myDownloadFolder, "Example.rds"))

Make it spatial with sf:

st_geometry(l) <- l$geometry

And investigate it with mapview:

mapview(l, col.regions = sf.colors(10))

From here we can see that they are basically fishing in two different places at that particular day.

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If we plot a histogram of the speed, we get two distinguised peak, one around 2-4 and one around 7-9:

hist(l$speed,1000, xlim = c(1,15), ylim = c(0,30))

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Is there a way to automatically detect the thresholds?

Only using points in that interval

inc <- l[l$speed>2 & l$speed<4,]

We can find time difference between those:

inc$INTV2 <- difftime(lead(inc$log), inc$log)
inc$INTV3 <- difftime((inc$log), lag(inc$log))
hist(as.numeric(inc$INTV2),1000, xlim = c(0,1000), ylim=c(0,100))

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There will usually be at least 1 minute (60 sec) between each haul, but lets set it to 90 in this example.

stop <- inc[INTV2>90 | is.na(INTV2)]$log
start <- inc[INTV3>90 | is.na(INTV3)]$log

haul <- data.table(start, stop)
haul$length <- difftime(haul$stop, haul$start)

We can use hauls to get lines from the original data:

DT <- data.table(l)

setDT(DT)[,log2 := log]
#allow for data table merge - tidspunkt
setkey(DT, log, log2)

## Merge with blackbox data on afstid og anktid
pts <- foverlaps(haul, DT, by.x=c("start", "stop"), nomatch=0)

st_geometry(pts) <- pts$geometry

l2 <- pts %>% 
  dplyr::group_by(haulid) %>% 
  summarise(do_union = FALSE) %>%

mapview(l2, zcol="haulid")

This looks ok, but some of the hauls seems to consist of two hauls (Fishermen dont turn 180 degrees within a single haul):

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Is it possible to use heading to distinguish when the haul should be cut (when they start turning and when they end the turn)? Would be nice to have a way where only straight lines are considered hauls.

This ended up in a long rambling - sorry about that. To conclude there is two issues I would like to have answered: - How to automatically detect speed threholds - How to cut hauls when they are turning.

  • You should cut this down to just your first question. I'd say that histogram had three clusters in it. If you did cluster analysis with a fixed number of cluster centres (2 in your case) you might get the categorisation you want. – Spacedman Sep 26 '18 at 13:30

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