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New Zealand is using its own fleet of albatross spies to look for illegal fishing

New Zealand is using its own fleet of albatross spies

Field Notes, powered by KPMG, is a weekly news update on news nationally and globally from the agri-food sector.

Ian Proudfoot

Global Head of Agribusiness, Partner - Audit

KPMG in New Zealand


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[30 January, Luke Appleby, 1 News]

Fisheries New Zealand, along with the Department of Conservation have partnered up to increase their understanding of New Zealand albatross species, especially their foraging range and distribution. Albatrosses have been used by the French to find illegal fishery operations by detecting radar signals from fishing vessels and cross-crediting these against Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). They are ideal for operations like these as they travel long distances and also gravitate towards fishing ships for the chance of accessing food. 20 radar detection tags were placed on New Zealand albatross last month and tracked during their journey to South America. Radar detections will be checked and it is expected that a report will be available next month on the findings.

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