Ending Illegal Fishery

Several decades of overfishing in most of the world’s major fisheries has created large declines in many commercially important fish populations across the world. The United Nation’s Fisheries and Agricultural Organization (UN FAO) report that 53 percent of the world’s marine fishery resources are fully fished, or fished to the maximum sustainable level. The PEW Environment Group, a non-profit environmental organisation, is pushing the Intenational Maritime Organisation (IMO) to take action. See their report on the issue after the break.

AIS is expected to play a big role in fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. PEW has joined forces with some of the larger AIS data providers, data analysts and the NOAA to see how they can “combine the capabilities and interests of each of our organizations to demonstrate the contributions our data and advanced analytical techniques can make to identify IUU activities on the open ocean”.

The report of the meeting can be found here.