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Published: 18 April 2024

Surrey engineers help Mauritius spot illegal fishing from space

Authorities in Mauritius will begin combatting illegal fishing with satellite technology thanks to a partnership between the University of Surrey and the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC).

The Nereus project combines satellite images with other ship location data. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect anomalies, spotting ships of interest and working out where they are headed. Authorities can then check whether illegal fishing is taking place.

Nereus, funded by the UN Development Programme’s UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge, is a potent addition to Mauritius’s tools for detecting illegal maritime activity. It offers the chance to detect it in near-real time.  

As the project nears completion, it will be celebrated at Mauritius’ first International Space Symposium on 18 April.  

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