Satellite AIS (Automatic Identification System) data usage has evolved from simple collision avoidance and location tracking to more novel applications including maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, environmental monitoring, maritime intelligence and more.
One such example is Global Fishing Watch—a technology partnership between SkyTruth, Oceana, and Google that is designed to show all of the trackable fishing activity in the ocean. With the help of an interactive web tool, the system allows anyone to visualize the intensity fishing activities around the world, to see if fisheries are being managed in an effective and sustainable way.
ORBCOMM provided an AIS data set dating back to January 2012, providing a picture of around 200,000 vessels around the world, from which the Global Fishing Watch system was able to extract over 20,000 fishing vessels traveling global waters. The system automatically classifies the observed patterns of movement as either “fishing” or “non-fishing” activity.
Listen as Paul Woods, Chief Technology Officer for SkyTruth, discusses the objectives of Global Fishing Watch and how ORBCOMM’s AIS data service provided the necessary flexibility to make the project a success: