Tracking Illegal Fishing—From Space

June 15, 2015 - To track commercial fishing activity around the world, SkyTruth, a small nonprofit based in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, has recently launched Global Fishing Watch in partnership with Google and Oceana. This prototype tool analyzes a satellite-collected feed of tracking data from ships' automatic identification systems—which vessels use to communicate their location to one another—to map movement over time and automatically determine which ships are engaged in fishing activity. Each vessel is pinpointed on a map outlining fishing laws around the globe. This map will be publicly available on theWeb, allowing anyone with an Internet connection to act as a watchdog and see when and where commercial fishing activity is occurring.

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