Fellows in the News

A notification system that alerts authorities when fishing vessels that are believed to be operating illegally arrive in port is being developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Australia’s national science agency explained that the web-based reporting tool identifies and ranks vessels across the globe based on a list of behaviors associated with illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. It uses data collected by satellites to monitor and report vessels behaving suspiciously.

"Almost all vessels are equipped with anti-collision devices that can be detected by satellites," Chris Wilcox, CSIRO senior scientist and co-designer of the platform, 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 highlighting the suspicious behaviors involved.

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