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Laurie Clarke

Reporter

How AI is tracking illegal fishing vessels on the high seas

Illegal fishing depletes fish stocks, tears up ocean beds, and decimates food sources for coastal towns and villages. But boats engaging in persistent illegal fishing are commonly guilty of other crimes too, like enslaving workers, human trafficking or smuggling.

Until recently, enforcement agencies have been “trying to police the waters like you would police a city”, says Global Fishing Watch (GFW) CEO Tony Long. But tracking platforms like GFW’s that incorporate artificial intelligence are pointing the way to the future of enforcement on the high seas.

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