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Fishing Boats Switch Off Trackers, Raise Suspicions of Illegal Fishing

Fishing vessels that temporarily switch off a public tracking system raise suspicions that they are hiding illegal fishing, according to the advocacy group Oceana. Vessel owners say Oceana is relying on the wrong tracking system. They note that government regulators monitor them through a separate, private system. The automatic identification system, or AIS, broadcasts a publicly available signal carrying the ship's name, location, speed and direction. Its main function is to...

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