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World's fishing fleets mapped from orbit
23 February 2018
It's another demonstration of the power of Big Data - of mining a huge batch of statistics to see patterns of behaviour that were simply not apparent before.
Computers have crunched 22 billion identification messages transmitted by sea-going vessels to map fishing activity around the globe.
The analysis reveals that more than 55% of the world's oceans are subject to industrial exploitation.
By area, fishing's footprint is now over four times that of agriculture.
Image credit: Global Fishing Watch - Global fishing hotspots in Northwest Pacific 2016.