Tracking Illegal Fishing—From Space

To track public fishing activities around the world, SkyTruth, a minor non-profit organisation located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, has currently started Global Fishing Watch in collaboration with Google and Oceana. This prototype tool scientifically examines a satellite-collected information of tracking data from ships’ automatic identification systems—which is being used by vessels to know each others location—to map movement with time and determine which ships are involved in fishing activities automatically . Each vessel is noted on a map stating fishing laws around the globe. This map will be available to the public on the web, enabling anyone with a connection to the Internet to be able to see when and where commercial fishing activity is taking place.

Source: youtube/national geographic



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