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Namibia: Ministry ponders drones to combat illegal fishing October 27,2021   |  Source: AllAfrica

Namibia's Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has confirmed it is investigating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, in monitoring, control and surveillance activities aimed at combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.

The ongoing investigation is expected to determine whether drones will be able to provide any operational improvements, considering the current resources at the ministry's disposal deployed to conduct surveillance within the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The outcome of these investigations and consultations with relevant stakeholders, inclusive of cost-benefit analysis, will determine when the fisheries ministry will commence with drone usage.

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Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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