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Watching boats from outer space

By Jay Elwes  

A new system is being developed that will help international authorities monitor illegal fishing on the high seas. “Catapult” is part of Project Eyes on the Seas, a joint effort between Pew Charitable Trust and Satellite Applications Catapult, to develop technology to help monitor fishing activity. The system will allow satellite tracking of vessels which can be detected through their automatic identification system (AIS)—which all ships over a certain size are obliged to carry.

“The big picture here is the capability to do large data analytics and to bring together all the sources that exist to get a full picture…

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