Technology is after the illegal fishermen all over the waters of the planet. A new developed program, will track with the help of satellites every corner of the oceans to spot illegal fishery.
Statistics showed that around 20% of the world wide fishing catch, is caught illegally by poachers. But officials wished to put an end to this situation little by little and reached out to technology, by developing a satellite tracking system, to track down fishing pirates.
The project named “Eyes on the Seas” has been under the surveillance of the British firm, Applications Catapult and it is sustained by the Pew Charitable Trusts. This program will allow computers to watch the satellite transmissions of the waters near the Easter Island and the western Pacific island of Palau, which doesn’t have the resources to monitor all the illegal fishing around. But the project can transmit live from any place across the world’s oceans and it can analyze a large number of sources of live satellite tracking data, setting monitors to receive the information about peculiar vessels, by transmitting its country of registration and ownership historic. Governments can access the platform and investigate the waters.
Once authorities are announced on the presence of the illegal fishing vessels, they will be able to take actions against them, by tracking them into ports or within the proximity of enforcement ships, explained Joshua Reichert belonging to the Pew Charitable Trusts. The president of the Palau island, Tommy E. Remengesau, stated that they have already used the technology and have successfully tracked down illegal vessels in the proximity of their waters.
Over the next three years, the creators of the “Eyes on the Seas” wish to expand the technology to other countries as well.
The amount of money earned by illegal fishers annually, is thought to be around $23.5 billion, as they activate in areas where they think they are safe from being tracked down, stated Pew Trusts. There are regions were it is estimated that up to 40% of the catch is taken illegally.
So far, consumers or environmentalists, had no concrete way of knowing if the fish they were consuming came from illegal fishery but with the new satellite tracker, that will no longer present its self as an issue, explained Cristina Narbona, Spain’s, former minister of environment.
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