Written by Nereus Fellow, Katy Seto

This week, the University of Wollongong’s Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) joined the Japanese Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA) and Global Fishing Watch (GFW) to strengthen an emerging research collaboration between the three organizations. The meeting expanded upon the expert technical workshop held in June this year, entitled “Fisheries, Data and Satellite Technology: Innovations to Counter IUU Fishing” and the subsequent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the groups. The purpose of the collaboration is to use emerging technologies in remote sensing to highlight fishing activities in the Pacific and globally. Outcomes of the meeting include the dedication of resources and an emerging workplan for research and policy making to reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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