Mapping Illegal Fishing from Space?

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So I was reading this interesting article on mapping illegal fishing from space where there is a huge amount of progress with satellite imagery now that we can use for various reasons on Earth. I think it’s an interesting concept and I think it also poses some serious political and legal issues in and around New Zealand with all of the oceanic fishing that happens in the region of the world. I think it would definitely be a way to catch people performing illegal fishing, okay we can see them doing it but how do we possibly enforce anything? They’ve done similar projects with satellite imagery for watching ceasefire borders  with South Sudan and Sudan etc. but how well did that actually help the situation?

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The article states “A prototype of the system, called Global Fishing Watch, was unveiled today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. The tool makes use of Google’s mapping software and servers to display the tracks followed in 2012 and 2013 by some 25,000 ships that were either registered as large commercial fishers or were moving in ways that strongly suggest fishing activity.” which is quite interesting that they will be actually tracking fishing routes. I think this is more effective than chasing specific commercial boats individually but to track pathways to catch illegal fishing. What do you all think about this project and it’s implications for New Zealand and the surrounding oceans?


For Better Or For Worse?

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As any of my readers would expect I’ve been frothing at the mouth with excitement waiting for news and information about Apple’s latest venture – the iPhone 6. It’s hit the stores in Japan (that lucky country who have been blessed with an unmatched ability to design, produce and experience the latest in technological updates and breakthroughs) to an enthusiastic group of lucky first-buyers, some of who waited in line for days to get their hands on it. So is the fuss worth it?

I’m not a huge Apple fan although I’ve had my trusty 4th generation iPod in my pocket for almost 3 years now. I do have to say I love the speediness of the iOS and just using it makes me feel like a spaceman from the future. Every time I see the menu transitions it makes me tingle with childish glee. Yet I never got down with the yearly updates and upgrades that pour out of Apple incessantly. I can’t say why other than when I’ve gone into the stores to try the latest and greatest devices for myself, I’ve never really noticed much that would justify the expenditure.

The same can’t be said for people in Japan however who flock to the stores to be among the first to grab the new gizmos. The predictable yearly releases are starting to seem a little sour to me as it looks more like a company selling a brand rather than useful, life-enhancing technology. We know the capabilities of Apple are nextgen and cutting edge, but they drip feed us their progress with updates and minor improvements, forcing us to shell out our hard earned cash time and time again for a few minor tweaks and improvements.


I find my focus and enthusiasm shifting to another kind of story nowadays. Posted in the technology/environment section of the BBC website, this story details the development of a chinstrap which will harness the locomotion of chewing and turn it into energy. It’ll be fascinating to see just how many people truly care about the environment and are willing to strap on a potentially embarrassing piece of tech. I for one am shameless enough to do it. Are you?