Source: Hakai Magazine
Author: Kimberley Riskas
Bunker vessels are one of the most connected ships at sea; tracking them could pinpoint clusters of illegal fishing.
Fuel tankers may help track down illegal fishing and unravel the criminal networks behind it, according to an Australian study.
Across the world’s oceans, up to US $23-billion is lost annually to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, a crime that includes everything from poaching to fishing with dynamite. But IUU fishing is incredibly difficult to monitor and many of the vessels involved in the illicit practice operate far from shore, where surveillance is scant.