MAJURO (ABC) — Marshall Islands has become the first Pacific nation to share information on fishing activities in their waters as part of a crack down on illegal fishing.

Global Fishing Watch Pacific programme manager Dr Kamal Azmi said the Marshall Islands government is working with the NGO to improve the sustainability of its marine resources.

“We use various forms of satellite data and machines learning to identify fishing activity at sea,” he said.

He said transparency is just generally good for governance and so it applies with oceans as well.

“Being able to know where your fish has come from, that it was caught sustainably… is all a part of sustainable fishery,” Dr Azmi said.

The system won’t replace Marshall Islands’ existing monitoring controls by fisheries authority, but it can help in combatting illegal fishing in the islands.

“The biggest problem is unreported fishing, and misreported fishing rather than illegal [fishing] so that’s a really good thing for the Pacific,” he said…. PACNEWS

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