Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Fishing has always been competitive. In the past, captains did not want to reveal their fishing grounds. "They talked in code sometimes so that the whole fleet didn't come down on them." Today, no one can hide; AIS (Automatic Identification System), required on all fishing vessels as a safety measure, provides a vessel's name/type, geographic position, and speed. A web of agencies monitor fishing vessels at sea. The same technology that enables this government surveillance also allows the Coast Guard to locate a vessel or fisherman in distress. In this program, a panel including fishermen and US Coast Guard will discuss the pros and cons of this technology.