Data-Bait: Using Tech to Hook Globe’s Multi-Billion-Dollar Fishing Cheats

By Thin Lei Win ROME, May 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In 2016, a Thai-flagged fishing vessel was detained in Seychelles on suspicion that it had been fishing illegally in the Indian Ocean, one of the world's richest fishing grounds. The Jin Shyang Yih 668 was caught with help from technology deployed by FISH-i Africa, a grouping of eight east African countries … [Read more...]

Indonesia Turns to Google in War on Illegal Fishing

By Karlis Salna (Bloomberg) -- Indonesia’s Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti deals with some dangerous men in her role, but they don’t rattle her. She has an equally intimidating weapon on her side: Google. Partnering with the search engine firm, Pudjiastuti is catching illegal fishing activity in real time, after thousands of vessels’ locations were revealed online. In … [Read more...]

The One That Got Away: Indonesia Seizes Fugitive Fishing Boat Carrying 18 Miles of Illegal Gillnets

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA, April 9 (Reuters) - Indonesia, acting on a request from Interpol, has seized a fishing boat carrying 600 illegal gillnets that can stretch up to 30 km (18 miles) after it evaded capture in several countries, the Fisheries Ministry said. The vessel, the STS-50, had targeted Antarctic toothfish, the ministry said, a cod species that … [Read more...]

Scientists Use AIS Data to Map Global Fishing Activity in Extraordinary Detail

Using satellite tracking, machine learning and common ship-tracking technology, scientists from UC Santa Barbara teamed up with colleagues at Global Fishing Watch, National Geographic Society’s Pristine Sea project, Dalhousie University, SkyTruth, Google and Stanford University to illuminate the extent of global fishing — down to single vessel movements and hourly … [Read more...]

Many in Thai Fishing Industry Fail to See Conditions as Slavery – Research

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Feb 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai fishing boat owners who trap workers on board ships and withhold wages often do not realize that is modern slavery, so authorities must ramp up their policing efforts, advocates say. Research shows many fishing operators are oblivious that the grim conditions on board their ships amount to forced labor, … [Read more...]