Australia, New Zealand and the United States are convincing fellow members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources of the value of a centralised vessel monitoring system. The commission manages the harvesting of the Southern Oceans’ living resources and has its head office in Hobart.
The main illegal fishing focus has been on poachers taking the valuable Patagonian Tooth fish. One of the main strategies for tracking illegal vessels is a tamper-proof vessel monitoring system on board legal fishers, similar to an aircraft black-box recorder. It would be the means by which it would be able to double-check exactly where the legal fishers were at any point in time, so any satellite imagery picking up any other vessels in the area would know that those vessels were up to no good, or had some severe malfunction.