Leonardo DiCarprio unveils Google’s new high-tech tool to curb illegal fishing
Google has joined hands with popular actor Leonardo DiCarprio’s foundation to crackdown on illegal fishing. The search engine giant and the foundation have launched a new high-tech tool to track down unregulated fishing.
The tool named as Global Fishing Watch was launched by Leonardo DiCaprio on Thursday. Main aim of the tool, a surveillance system, is to keep a constant check on global fishing practices taking from space and help bring decline in illegal fishing in the oceans.
At the event, DiCaprio encourage everyone to check out the technology, which as per him will make citizens to be better protectors of the oceans. Oceans are vital for the livelihood. In fact, it is the primary food source for millions of people.
But activities like overfishing, illegal fishing and habitat loss have been threatening the global fish stock. John Amos, one of the members involved in the project, believes that public involvement is needed so they can convince governments as well seafood industry to focus on the issue.
It took three years to complete project worth $10.3 million. Working of the tool is like commercial vessels use Automatic Identification System (AIS) to keep a track of nearby ships so as to prevent collision.
Google has conducted a deal with the satellite company Orbcomm to access the data. The new technology will let users to check the area of their interest and track the ships’ movement through satellites.
Jacqueline Savitz, Vice President for the United States and Global Fishing Watch, was of the view, “We think it is going to have a lot of impact, first of all just the deterrent effect of vessels knowing that we could see them if they are doing something they are not supposed to be doing”.
According to a report in I4U News by Hira Bashir, "New high-tech tool spies on global fishing practices from space and will help curb illegal fishing. Illegal fishing is contributing to the depletion of fish stocks across the globe. This activity is considered a major threat to the long term stability of the ocean's biodiversit. y Despite coordinated efforts, illegal or unregulated fishing has proven extremely difficult to combat."
Recently, Google has collaborated with actor Leonardo DiCarprio's foundation and released a new high-tech tool for curbing illegal fishing. The tool, named Global Fishing Watch, is a surveillance system that spies on global fishing practices from space and can help reduce illegal fishing in the oceans. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio himself unveiled the technology on Thursday.
Millions of people depend on ocean for their livelihood as well as for a primary food source. However, world fish stock is threatened by overfishing, illegal fishing and habitat loss. According to a research, fish population especially tuna and mackerel have suffered a catastrophic 74% decline in the last 40 years. Using new tool, people can trace the paths of 35,000 commercial fishing vessels and keep an eye on illegal fishing activity.
A report published in Business Wire informed, ORBCOMM provides Global Fishing Watch with more than 20 million AIS data points every day that show the movement of the world's largest commercial vessels over time. By leveraging ORBCOMM's AIS service, Global Fishing Watch can classify these time-stamped positional vessel data points as either "fishing" or "non-fishing" activities, enabling anyone in the world to have free access to a near real-time and/or historical global view of fishing activity.
This robust platform will significantly increase the commercial fishing industry's accountability by allowing fisheries to identify unauthorized activity, while enhancing environmental regulation compliance and facilitating seafood supply chain transparency. It will also provide a tool to governments, non-government organizations (NGOs) and researchers for the enforcement of IUU regulations and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
"We are pleased to be an integral part of this new era in ocean resource conservation by powering Global Fishing Watch's new online platform with our industry-leading AIS service," said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM's Chief Executive Officer. "By providing a comprehensive view of commercial vessel activity worldwide, we can help Global Fishing Watch better manage fishing quotas and harvesting and help preserve depleting ocean resources around the world, which are threatened by global overfishing, illegal fishing and habitat destruction."