As part of the global oceanic problem-solving community, we regularly look forward to see what’s coming, and measure success by the possibilities created by current accomplishments in ocean monitoring and sustainability. With the year coming to an end, it’s a great time to pause and celebrate present-day marine technology success, both from exactEarth, and the scientific community worldwide.
North Atlantic right whales are magnificent creatures. Weighing in at approximately 79 tonnes, and measuring 15 metres in length, North Atlantic right whales have a natural life expectancy of 50 to 70 years. Females give birth for the first time around age 10. Gestation lasts a year, and newborn calves measure 4 metres in length. An endangered species, scientists estimate there are about 500 left in the world. And during the summer of 2017 – so far – 10 of them have been found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence along the eastern coast of Canada. They tend to dive deep to feed and resurface 20 minutes later. And this characteristic may be the reason for the most recent slew of deaths. Preliminary findings in the investigation suggest that, even if not cause of death, at least 2 of the whales likely collided with a ship at some point.
Our oceans are regularly victim to pollution caused by oil slicks and the dumping of rubbish resulting from accidents and illegal activities. Nearly half of the pollution at sea is caused by ships’ accidental or deliberate discharge of crude oil and other refined products.
Combining these traditional pollutants with the atmospheric effects of shipping emissions, vessels have a globally substantial impact on our ocean environment.
What role can Satellite AIS play in monitoring these pollution incidents or even better, preventing them from happening?
Topics: Satellite AIS, Environmental Protection, Satellite AIS data, Ocean, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking, Satellite AIS Tracking, AIS Vessel Tracking,, preserving oceans, ocean environment, protecting oceans, marine environment, ocean protection
Many species of whales and dolphins are vulnerable to collisions with vessels that can sustain serious damage to the ship and also injure or kill the animal. There is no universal solution to the problem of ship strikes but clearly the most effective way to reduce collision risk is to keep whales and ships apart. And that's exactly what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is trying to do.
90% of world trade is carried across our oceans by over 150,000 ships.
Without ships the import and export of goods on the scale necessary for the modern world would not be possible. According to the International Chamber of Shipping there are over 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The ebb and flow of goods in the world market mirrors the waves of the very waterways delivering them. But what does this increase in activity mean to the health of one of our greatest resources?
Topics: Ballast Water Exchange, Environmental Protection, Marine Protected Areas, Mapping Oceans, Ship Tracking, Ocean, Vessel Monitoring, shipping data, Ship Monitoring, preserving oceans, ocean environment, protecting oceans, marine environment, ocean protection
In dedication to Shark Week, we wanted to focus on the issues surrounding shark fishing. It is shocking to read some of the facts about sharks and the rise of illegal shark fishing happening around the world.
As a growing number of laws emerge against shark fishing and with the increased global awareness around the act of Shark Finning, a staggering 100,000,000 sharks are still killed globally each year. Even with these regulations in place, fishermen are still finning sharks and leaving their bodies to die at sea.
With the ever increasing use of our oceans also comes the price of ever increasing pressure and threats to its well-being. Many resources have been fully exploited, overexploited or depleted, there has been a reduction in biodiversity, and degradation of marine habitats and species. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are a key tool used to protect ecosystems from the effects of industrial activity and play an important role in effectively zoning our oceans.
exactEarth recently signed up to assist in a new vessel routing program run by the European Union. The MONALISA project aims at giving a concrete contribution to the efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport. The initial focus is on the major navigational areas in Swedish and Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea which will contribute to improving overall safety and optimization of ship routes.
I recently presented on the basics of AIS (both terrestrial and satellite) to a group at the 19th Biennial Conference Society for Marine Mammalogy. The workshop was on using AIS for the protection of the environment and in particular whale species.