Eyes on the Seas

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS -

Eyes on the Seas uses satel­lite track­ers, radar sig­nals, drone images, even ra­dio sig­nals to cre­ate a dy­namic world map. An­a­lysts us­ing al­go­rithms and ob­ser­va­tions can iden­tify boats that ap­pear to be il­le­gally fish­ing in pro­tected ar­eas or pulling near each other to off­load il­lic­itly caught seafood. They can then con­tact na­tional au­thor­i­ties with de­tailed ev­i­dence about where a boat is and what it ap­pears to be do­ing. Eyes on the Seas can spot boats even if they turn off their ba­sic safety satel­lite track­ers, which may be a de­ter­rent for would-be bad ac­tors, but con­fi­den­tial data used in the sys­tem means it can­not be pub­licly avail­able. Built by the Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trusts and a U.K. gov­ern­ment satel­lite start-up ini­tia­tive, the sys­tem is still be­ing fine-tuned.

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