By Chris Elvidge

The Colorado School of Mines’ Earth Observation Group produces global fishing boat detection data in near-real time from low light imaging data collected by the NASA / NOAA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).  The detections are produced with a nominal four-hour temporal latency – with files typically ready by 06:00 local time.  Most of the detections come from vessels deploying heavy lighting to attract catch.  This is a common practice in Asia and several other areas.  EOG send email alerts on vessel detections in marine protected areas to government agencies and NGO’s in Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.