During a world leaders meeting in Oslo, Panama revealed its vessel tracking data through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW), highlighting the importance of vessel monitoring in the fishing sector, boosting transparency on enhancing fisheries management.
The Chilean government announced that it will make its vessel tracking data available to public through the Global Fishing Watch map (GFW), which tracks the movements of commercial fishing vessels in near real-time. The agreement was made between Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (or SERNAPESCA) and GFW.
Bunker vessels could be proven useful in tracking down illegal fishing and discover the criminal networks behind it, an Australian study indicated. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, is very difficult to monitor and many of the ships involved in the illegal practice operate far from shore, where surveillance is not easy to take place.
Peru made its national vessel tracking data publicly available for the first time through Global Fishing Watch. At least 1,300 of Peru’s industrial fishing vessels are now visible on the public map. For Peru that is a ten-times increase in the number of vessels that are now publicly trackable via GFW.
Partnering with Google, Indonesian Minister of Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Susi Pudjiastuti, is catching illegal fishing activity in real time, after thousands of vessels’ locations were revealed online. Previously, most of the Indonesian fishing activity had been invisible.
USCG initiated a Class I Civil Penalty against the owner of the vessels ‘Alaska Patriot’ and ‘Alaska Pioneer’ after the first was left adrift and derelict 172 miles south of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in December. Allegations include operating the two vessels beyond the boundary line without a valid load line, lack of a valid towing operator, and incorrect broadcast of Maritime Mobile Service Identity data.
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