New technology detects blast fishing up to 25km away

Blast fishing can seriously threaten Sabah’s marine ecosystem as the shockwave indiscriminately kills marine life while destroying coral.

KOTA KINABALU: A new groundbreaking technology to detect blast fishing activities in real time is showing promise in efforts to protect Sabah’s marine life.

A Hong Kong based non-governmental organisation Stop Fish Bombing (SFB) helped coordinate the successful pilot test in close collaboration with the state Fisheries Department and Sabah Parks to detect underwater explosions from up to 25km away and display its GPS coordinates accurately within 20m on a web page map within a few seconds.

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