I do love this and hope you'll pass it around: How Digital Tracking of Rogue Fishing Can Safeguard Vast Ocean Reserves http://nyti.ms/2cddeZ4
The capacity to use digital tools to rein in illegal fishing in distant oceans got an enormous boost this morning, just ahead of the big international Our Ocean conference in Washington hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Three partners meshing data-mining and conservation skills — Oceana, Skytruth and Google — launched a new public web platform, Global Fishing Watch. Anyone with an interest in bringing transparency and order to fishing or the seafood trade can go online to sift data and help identify both bad and good behavior.
The main focus at the State Department conference today wasPresident Obama’s announcement of a new set of marine protected ocean areas by the United States and more than 20 other nations. Altogether, a White House statement said, “The nations of the world have protected more than 900,000 square miles of ocean in 2016, exceeding last year’s record of more than 730,000 square miles.”
This is a marvelous step, but how can the many smaller nations establishing such areas possibly safeguard them? That’s where Global Fishing Watch comes in. The platform was described at the meeting by Leonardo DiCaprio, whose foundation is its main backer.
This system vastly expands the capacity to turn “paper parks” into truly protected zones, said Jackie Savitz of Oceana, who gave me an virtual tour of the technology that you can watch and listen to here:READ MORE…