In my book Wildlife Politics, I have an entire chapter devoted to Implementation of Wildlife Conservation policies—it is for the most part, a discouraging chapter. However, there are some positive signs due to technological advances in certain areas. Andrew Revkin’s Sept. 2016 report on new technology to detect illegal fishing in protected areas is a notable example. He makes the point that this new technology can have a huge impact on implementation of protections—without it, marine protected areas (mpas) are often “paper parks” but now required it is required that “Automatic Identification System technology installed on nearly all substantial commercial vessels as a safety and tracking tool.” The identification system can be turned off but turning it off but doing that, says Revkin, can alert users of the system and its users to illegal activity. Before this technology, tracking and proving illegal fishing took required incredibly difficult and intensive work. Revkin notes that other steps can be taken to increase the efficacy of the system such as “requirements by insurers to have them [the detection systems] turned on.” Revkin’s article is available at http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/how-digital-tracking-of-rogue-fishing-can-safeguard-vast-ocean-reserves/?emc=edit_tnt_20160915&nlid=10365419&tntemail0=y
A research article discussing the technology and a case study of it use by Keith Urbina in the Feb. 16, 2016 New York Times Magazine is available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/magazine/palau-vs-the-poachers.html
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