Technology May Be Able to End Pirate Fishing

by Rachel Baker on August 27, 2013

There is a company in Isreal that has a maritime surveillance system (Marint) which could help end pirate fishing around the world.

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, also known as pirate fishing, is a massive problem across the globe. It is estimated that IUU fishing costs the industry as much as $23.5 billion per year and accounts for up to 20% of global wild marine catch, though the extent of the problem is impossible to determine.

From an environmental perspective, illegal fishers are often overfishing already depleted fish stocks, using destructive gear, and sabotaging responsible fisheries management efforts. From a health and community perspective, pirate fishers are robbing subsistence harvesters and other waterfront dwellers of their livelihoods. Over one billion people, most of whom are in developing countries, rely on seafood as their primary source of protein.

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