Peru targets illegal fishing with open satellite data

A knowledge revolution in sustainable fishing is taking place on the high seas.

The Peruvian government is now allowing public access to its satellite data on fishing activity in its territorial waters.

Peru is only the second country, after Indonesia, to share its tracking data on the vessels fishing (and overfishing) their incredibly rich marine resources.

With 70,000 fishing boats active worldwide, Peruvian and Indonesian satellite data can be used to fight illegal fishing, to help establish reasonable management practices, and to help enforce sanctions, catch limits and seasons.

In the case of Peru, the data will enable a crackdown on clandestine Chinese fishing of the Humboldt squid.

Small-scale fishing operations can also access data in real time, enabling them to save time and money by tracking large boats and monitoring known catch areas.

Source: Mongabay

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