Albatrosses fitted with GPS Trackers become Successful flying Spies by Detecting illegal Fishing Vessels

New technology is being used to improve remote surveillance of the oceans in order to save the oceanic ecosystems from the impact of illegal fisheries. Henri Weimerskirch, a marine ornithologist at the French National Center for Scientific Research and his team has outfitted some 200 Albatrosses wit GPS Trackers. These GPS Trackers capable of detecting radar emissions from suspicious boats help the birds to transmit locations of fisheries whilst the illegal acts are done. Albatrosses are the largest of any birds alive today and are able to glide at speeds exceeding 50 miles per hour. Early findings suggest the data collected by Albatrosses would help identify illegal fishing and is therefore considered a huge success for conservation in the international waters.


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