The AIS network will make control of the GMR more efficient and it will show illegal vessel movement. It will also improve safety of all vessels, their crew and passengers inside the GMR.
The Galapagos AIS network is unique in its kind; it is the first time that this technology will be used to monitor all vessel movement in an area. AIS is normally only used for large commercial vessels. Sea Shepherd believes that AIS could be a tool used by authorities worldwide to greatly improve the safety and control of all vessels inside Marine Protected Areas.
We have already started negotiations concerning other National Parks in the region and aim to use the experiences from Galapagos to improve the protection of these delicate ecosystems.
This project would have not been possible without the generous support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery
Many thanks to the Galapagos staff, Malena and Hugo for their tremendous effort and special thanks to AIS project manager Marcel Wensveen. Marcel not only was the driving force behind the execution of the project, he also assured the costs were kept at an absolute minimum.