Leonardo Dicaprio Invests in Free Technology In Order To End Illegal Fishing
Global Fishing Watch Aims At Cutting Down Illegal Fishing
What is Leonardo Dicaprio doing now?
We all know that Academy Award Winner Leonardo Dicaprio is very passionate about environmental causes and has taken many initiatives to sustain climate changes, preserving Earth’s biodiversity and supporting renewable energy. On Thursday, he unveiled a fresh and cost-free technology that would help users to pry on global illegal fishing practices.
The announcement of Global Fishing Watch accorded with the conference of Our Oceans hosted by John Kerry, US State Secretary held in Washington D.C on September 15 and 16.
Aim behind this project
The main motto is to come up with answers to the problems of unlawful and prohibited fishing that takes up 35 per cent of the global wild marine catch and are the major reasons to the yearly $23.5 billion loses, according to the reports of UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Problem also arises due to overfishing which leads to the loss of two-third of fish stocks. Fishes like Tuna and Swordfish have depleted below 10 percent.
Details about this project
The new program will use Satellite technology along with radar-mounted boats. From the site, GlobalFishingWatch.org itself, one can locate trails of 35,000 commercial fishing boats.The program has costed around $10.3 million and took three year to build it, for which Dicaprio has contributed six million. Moreover, to make all the data available for free, the company members have struck a deal with Orbcomm, a satellite company to use the company’s three-day old data,coined as “near real-time” instead of usual real-time data.
The future plans for this program encompass enabling tagging data for aquatic animals, which might help to see the trails of whales and shark along with the path of vessels.
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