A new paper from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), in partnership with researchers and practitioners from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Space Quest, Google, and SkyTruth, reviews the use of a maritime vessel communication and navigational safety system that is not only effective in protecting people, but wildlife such as whales, walruses, and other wildlife species as well.
(From Science Daily) — With improvements, say the authors, the system will ultimately result in greater engagement by vessel companies and operators in the conservation of marine resources.
The Automatic Identification System — adopted by the International Maritime Organization in 2000 for use in collision avoidance, coastal surveillance, and traffic management– effectively accomplishes navigational safety goals, and provides pre-emptive maritime safety benefits.
The paper appears in a recent edition of Bulletin of Marine Science.
“AIS now provides a rich source of data to understand vessel traffic across the entire globe — even in the most remote areas of the open ocean,” said Dr. Martin Robards, Director of WCS’s Beringia Program. “This system also has the potential to help us minimize the negative effects of shipping on wildlife.”
Read the full article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160211190012.htm