Satellite data can be used to detect vessels engaged in IUU fishing Photo: exactEarthSatellite data can be used to detect vessels engaged in IUU fishing Photo: exactEarth

exactEarth has signed an agreement with space mission partner, MDA to provide Satellite‐AIS data services as part of the latter’s recently announced dark vessel detection (DVD) programme for the Government of Canada.

The DVD programme is intended to detect and identify vessels that have switched off their AIS transponders and are engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing which is estimated to cost the industry CAN$23 billion each year.

exactEarth will provide advanced global Satellite‐AIS data services to support pilot trials of the programme. “exactEarth has been working with the global fisheries community for the last ten years and we are very pleased to expand our relationship with MDA and to be a part of this leading‐edge project to help the Government of Canada in its important fight against IUU,” said Peter Mabson, president and chief executive of exactEarth.

“IUU is a global issue and exactEarth’s advanced Satellite‐AIS and small vessel tracking capabilities provide an important and comprehensive real time information source in helping to detect and locate vessels that may be engaged in this type of illegal behaviour,” he continued.

Minda Suchan, vice president of Geointelligence, MDA said the organisation was pleased to play a critical role in helping the government prevent IUU. “Combining exactEarth’s industry‐leading Satellite‐AIS data with imaging from satellites like RADARSAT‐2 is an important part in identifying dark targets and tackling this global challenge,” she said.

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