Satellites see big fishing’s footprint on the high seas
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study gives the first global snapshot of how extensive industrial fishing is.
Researchers found more than 55 percent of the world’s oceans are fished commercially. Five countries are responsible for 85 percent of high seas fishing.
The study published Thursday in the journal Science is based on analyzing 22 billion automated ship safety signals beamed to satellites to map the extent of industrial fishing.
Study co-author Boris Worm says the findings show that ships are obeying no-fishing zones and times, although they hover at the edges of marine-protected areas.