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Drones For Good: Jamaica Launches Patrol To Stop Illegal Fishing

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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drones Over fishing has plagued the Caribbean sea’s resources, especially the coral reefs. However, unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, will now be giving Jamaica some additional protection against illegal fishing. Government officials have advised that after some testing, two drones are ready to take flight, to alert marine law enforcement of poaching activities at sea.“These UAVs will be fitted with cameras and be deployed as necessary, and will have the capacity to transmit data back to base which will assist in detecting and deterring poachers,”said the late Roger Clarke, Jamaica’s then minister of agriculture and fisheries, when he announced the drone-mission plans in a budget meeting last year. It is estimated that the country’s fishing fleet loses about $19 million in fish and lobster earnings to foreign poachers in Jamaican waters every year. Hopefully this new technology will attempt to put an end to the abuse of the marine ecosystem. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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