by Carla Andrea Fundarotto
Canada launches a $ 7 million program that uses new satellite technology to combat illegal fishing.
This is a special type of device used
to locate and track vessels which, in order to carry on illegal fishing, have turned off their position transmission devices. The affected areas concern the seas of the Bahamas and Costa Rica.
Illegal and unregulated fishing is called IUU, which stands for Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing. This type of practice is estimated to account for around 30% of all fishing activity in the world. To date, the IUU has up to 26 million tons of fish caught each year and costs the global economy more than $ 23 billion annually. All elements that have a negative impact on coastal rural populations, which contribute to the destruction of the precious marine habitat.
The satellite device was made by the government’s Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in partnership with the Department of National Defense and MDA, Canada’s largest space technology manufacturer. This system launched a new program which in a short time has already led to significant fines for five foreign ships.