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Fighting the Impacts of Global Shipping on our Oceans

Posted by Nicole Schill on Apr 22, 2015 9:20:00 AM

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?

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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

Shark Fishing

Posted by Nicole Schill on Aug 13, 2014 3:05:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, Environmental Protection, Mapping Oceans, Illegal Fishing, Shark Finning, Shark Fishing, Shark Week,

Buoyed by Innovation

Posted by Nicole Schill on Aug 6, 2014 2:52:00 PM

Recently we announced two new product offerings into the exactEarth family- exactEarth ShipView™ and exactAIS Density Maps™. These new tools were built so that customers could see more and do more with our amazing exactAIS® data service.

ShipView was designed entirely with you in mind as great attention from our development team was paid to ensure the new platform performed at an exceptional level. As an eventual replacement to the existing exactAIS Viewer, we kept all the same features that you know and love but also added in tons of handy new tools like the ability to add external layers and download data. Customise away as the ShipView platform accepts map layers or base maps from OGC WMS or Esri Map, Feature, or Tiled Map Services.

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Topics: Esri, Geospatial Data, Interoperability, Satellite AIS data, Mapping Oceans, Ocean GIS, Ship Tracking, GIS, Maritime Geospatial, Vessel Monitoring

Monitoring Marine Protected Areas Just Got Easier

Posted by Nicole Schill on Mar 28, 2014 2:57:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, Environmental Protection, Marine Protected Areas, Mapping Oceans, Ocean Zoning

Exciting Times Ahead in the Maritime World

Posted by Graham Stickler on Apr 26, 2012 3:08:00 PM

I’d like to claim credit for venturing into the Maritime world because I’m so plugged in that I recognised a trend (or wave if you’ll excuse the pun), but actually its mere coincidence!  Deep down we probably are aware (or are we?) that the Oceans account for 70% of the earth’s surface and yet we know so little about them, certainly compared with the 30% that is land.  I’ve heard it mentioned before that the world’s oceans are the new frontier.

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Topics: Mapping Oceans, Ocean GIS, Maritime Geospatial

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