Canada Launches Dark Vessel Detection Program that Detects Illegal Fishing

A dark vessel detection program that uses satellite technology to identify illegal fishing has been launched in Canada.…
Dark vessel detection program

A dark vessel detection program that uses satellite technology to identify illegal fishing has been launched in Canada. This dark vessel detection program detects illegal fishing vessels that try to steal fish from waters.

These Dark” vessels ensure their location transmitters  are switched off so that they can carry out  illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, which is also known as IUU.

Illegal and unregulated fishing is one of the major factors that result in the destruction of marine habitat and reduction in fish stocks. These problems negatively impact the livelihoods of fish harvesters who carry out their activities legally.

The Fisheries and Oceans department in Canada partnered with the Department of National Defense and the largest space technology manufacturer in Canada, MDA to launch a new initiative that resulted in fines on five foreign vessels.

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This Dark Vessel Detection Program costs $7 million and it is designed to track and detect vessels that don’t indicate their location. These vessels switch off their transmitting devices in a bid to avoid being monitored and controlled.

When “dark” vessels are detected from space, this will prevent illegal fishing and allow small island nations to protect their fish stocks. According to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Bernadette Jordan, illegal fishing activities are a threat to Canadian fish stocks and negatively affect law-abiding fishers.

We’re investing in one of the leading, most innovative systems on the planet to ensure our fish stocks are protected, our fisheries remain lucrative, and the law is upheld at sea.

Bernadette Jordan

30% of all fishing activity across the world is IUU fishing, which means that about 26 million tons of fish account for over $23 billion per year. Illegal Fishing activities are both carried out on the high seas and coastal states.

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