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Google-Powered System Helps Governments Spy on Fishing Boats

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By    |   Thursday, 15 Sep 2016 05:08 PM

A Google-powered system of satellites is helping governments crack down on the practice of illegal fishing by spying on boats and fisheries.

Google played a key role in the development of Global Fishing Watch, which uses satellites, receivers on land, and the locator systems on ships to keep watch on everything happening in the world's oceans, according to The Washington Post.

The program is designed for governments, journalists, and ordinary citizens to keep an eye on fishing areas and whether or not ships are following the law.

The program was launched Thursday, but the data that's available dates back four years. It can also be used by insurance companies who want to keep an eye on ships.

Marine-advocacy group Oceana and SkyTruth, a nonprofit based in West Virginia, also helped develop the program.

"We will be able to see a lot of information about who is fishing where," Jacqueline Savitz, vice president for U.S. oceans at Oceana, told the Post. "We're hoping it will be useful to a lot of different sectors."

The platform, GlobalFishingWatch.org, is free and provides updates almost in real time.

"Working with Oceana and Google has enabled us to take a good idea and build it into something that will improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the planet," John Amos, president and founder of SkyTruth, said in a press release. "Global Fishing Watch will catalyze the science, policy-making and public pressure necessary to make our oceans sustainable."

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