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US Coast Guard Fields AI, Open-Source Data to Tackle Illegal Fishing

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US Coast Guard Fields AI, Open-Source Data to Tackle Illegal Fishing

The U.S. Coast Guard is turning to technologies such as artificial intelligence and open-source intelligence to address illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Adm. Linda Fagan, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, said IUU fishing requires a significant amount of data to be collected and analyzed to uncover patterns indicating illegal activities, Federal News Network reported Friday.

Speaking at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event, she added that the Coast Guard is also using biometrics to assist with maritime border patrol such as in dealing with migrants in the Florida Keys. Fagan noted that the service branch began using biometric tools on its cutters at the start of 2023 to identify individuals at sea, especially those who have made repeated attempts to enter the United States.

According to Fagan, the Coast Guard’s efforts support other Department of Homeland Security components.

The Coast Guard is also relying on technology in recruitment and talent management, she told audiences. Fagan said the Starlink satellite internet service has improved morale among crew members by making it easier to stay connected with loved ones.

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