Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:17

CSIRO develops system to fight illegal fishing

By

The CSIRO has developed a new system to tackle illegal fishing by using a notification system that alerts authorities when offending vessels arrive in port.

The Web-based reporting tool can identify fishing vessels based on acts associated with illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

Illegal fishing is claimed to be the third most lucrative crime, after weapons trafficking and drug smuggling, with 26 million tonnes, worth about US$23 billion, caught each year.

The CSIRO said a third of the fish caught in the US and Australia was estimated to come from illegal sources while 120 million people around the world depended on fishing for their livelihood.

CSIRO senior scientist and co-designer of the platform, Dr Chris Wilcox, said in a statement that the tool used data collected by satellites to monitor and report on vessels.

“Almost all vessels are equipped with anti-collision devices that can be detected by satellites,” Dr Wilcox said.

“Using data from these systems, we can shine a spotlight on vessels acting suspiciously based on factors including the vessel’s history, movement and whether its transmitter has been intentionally disabled.

“Countries will be able to sign-up to receive notifications, or directly access the portal to search for vessels and then be provided with a report which highlights the suspicious behaviours involved.”

Twenty-nine countries recently agreed on a treaty to eradicate illegal fishing in a move co-ordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

“As well as costing tens of billions of dollars each year, IUU fishing leads to overfishing and depletion of stocks which has the greatest impact on developing countries whose people rely on fish as their primary source of protein and income,” Dr Wilcox said.

“As global population numbers continue to grow, combatting (illegal) fishing is becoming even more important to ensure future food security for the world.”

The programme will launch in October.

Photo: courtesy CSIRO.

CHIEF DATA & ANALYTICS OFFICER BRISBANE 2020

26-27 February 2020 | Hilton Brisbane

Connecting the region’s leading data analytics professionals to drive and inspire your future strategy

Leading the data analytics division has never been easy, but now the challenge is on to remain ahead of the competition and reap the massive rewards as a strategic executive.

Do you want to leverage data governance as an enabler?Are you working at driving AI/ML implementation?

Want to stay abreast of data privacy and AI ethics requirements? Are you working hard to push predictive analytics to the limits?

With so much to keep on top of in such a rapidly changing technology space, collaboration is key to success. You don't need to struggle alone, network and share your struggles as well as your tips for success at CDAO Brisbane.

Discover how your peers have tackled the very same issues you face daily. Network with over 140 of your peers and hear from the leading professionals in your industry. Leverage this community of data and analytics enthusiasts to advance your strategy to the next level.

Download the Agenda to find out more

DOWNLOAD NOW!

Sam Varghese

website statistics

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

VENDOR NEWS & EVENTS

REVIEWS

Recent Comments