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New satellites to help Canada better detect illegal fishing August 27,2019   |  Source: UCN

Thanks to a new satellite system that was launched into orbit in June, Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans will soon be able to find illegal fishing by finding vessels anywhere in the world, the CBC reports.

The technology is installed in three of Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission satellites, which were placed inside the nose cone of the SpaceX rocket and launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on June 12.

The Canadian Space Agency has been receiving data from the satellites, built and launched at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion, but it will be another few weeks before DFO begins to get the information it wants, according to the article.

Canada has been monitoring the oceans from space for years, but the satellites used in the past had a hard time tracking the movement of vessels, said Sean Wheeler, a senior program officer for DFO's international conservation and protection program.

The new satellites can view more than 90% of the Earth's surface every 24 hours, excluding the South Pole. They're equipped with an automated identification system.

"We're talking about areas that are potentially hundreds of miles away from land," Wheeler said. "These are areas that are vulnerable to exploitation because there's a lack of traditional


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