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Using AIS and satellite data to track illegal fishing vessels Photo

Using AIS and satellite data to track illegal fishing vessels

Conservationists are using algorithms and satellite data to help combat illegal fishing on the high seas and in marine protected areas. Environmentalists from Oceana have published data acquired from four separate case studies showing how illegal fisherman turn off their AIS (Automated Identification System) when entering marine protected waters and then turn it back after exiting. Often times these locations are home to highly lucrative fish, including tuna, sharks, and other protected fisheries.

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App thwarts illegal fishing fleet off South Africa Photo

App thwarts illegal fishing fleet off South Africa

A post on Facebook by South African angler Mark Hicks has resulted in a 28-strong Chinese fishing fleet being interdicted by the authorities. Hicks had been tracking the fleet’s behavior using a smartphone app that tracks vessel movements. He noticed that when the fishing fleet approached the area around Port St. Johns on the east coast, they would switch off their AIS transponders, apparently to mask their presence.

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21 illegal shark fishermen arrested in the Galapagos Marine Reserve Photo

21 illegal shark fishermen arrested in the Galapagos Marine Reserve

21 illegal shark fishermen were caught and arrested in the Galapagos Marine Reserve last week. Park rangers in the reserve spotted the suspicious vessel through their electronic surveillance. After chasing the main boat and six smaller vessels for a full twenty-four hours, eventually the rangers caught up and arrested all the crew, seized the vessels and recovered the catch.

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