Title

Satellite data nails Chinese fishing fleet near ecologically sensitive Galápagos Islands

Author Information

Anusaya Datta

Date of Publication

2020 12:00 AM

Security Theme

IUU Fishing

Keywords

Satellite, China, Galapogos, vessles, IUUF

Description

The unique satellite-based radio frequency tracking abilities of HawkEye 360 provided quick situational awareness of fleet activity. Data published by HawkEye 360, a small sat company specializing in RF geo-analytics, on September 30 reveals that the Chinese vessels deactivated their Automatic Identification System (AIS) tracking system hundreds of times to “go dark”. There are also evidences of illegal fishing, with multiple instances of dark vessels operating within the Galápagos EEZ. Chinese Ambassador to Ecuador Chen Guoyou had on August 24 denied the allegations of Ecuador’s armed forces which said 149 of some 325 vessels fishing near the ecologically sensitive islands had turned off tracking systems to prevent monitoring of their activities.

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Satellite data nails Chinese fishing fleet near ecologically sensitive Galápagos Islands

The unique satellite-based radio frequency tracking abilities of HawkEye 360 provided quick situational awareness of fleet activity. Data published by HawkEye 360, a small sat company specializing in RF geo-analytics, on September 30 reveals that the Chinese vessels deactivated their Automatic Identification System (AIS) tracking system hundreds of times to “go dark”. There are also evidences of illegal fishing, with multiple instances of dark vessels operating within the Galápagos EEZ. Chinese Ambassador to Ecuador Chen Guoyou had on August 24 denied the allegations of Ecuador’s armed forces which said 149 of some 325 vessels fishing near the ecologically sensitive islands had turned off tracking systems to prevent monitoring of their activities.