Monitoring vessels & tracking catches
Good systems to monitor fishing activity and track fish catches are fundamental to the solutions we need. Technically known as “monitoring, control, and surveillance” (MCS), these systems not only allow fisheries managers to know what is going on, they provide the basic information consumers and seafood companies need to make responsible decisions about the fish products they buy and sell. And, of course, strong MCS is the first line of defense against pirate fishing.
Fortunately, the technology exists today to make monitoring fisheries and tracking catches possible and affordable. As one key part of the solution, WWF is working to promote the use of a new, effective, and inexpensive way to use satellite data to monitor global fisheries, known as the “Automatic Identification System” (AIS).
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