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Vessel Monitoring System launched by Wildlife Conservation Society and partners

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2020. 11:26 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: A pilot project for the use of mobile transceiver units (MTU’s) on commercial fishing vessels was launched today by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

MTUs are required for larger vessels on the high seas as a means of combating illegal fishing in protected areas and among vulnerable populations, but Belize is among the first countries to try it with smaller vessels.

In addition to helping the Fisheries Department monitor and police the fishing community, said senior officer Rigoberto Quintana, it offers a way to help fishermen who get into difficulties at sea or fall victim to piracy and armed robbery, by employing an SOS feature.

Also involved are the Belize Coast Guard and Belize Port Authority, with funding by 5 Oceans.

More to follow.


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