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Persian Gulf Fisheries Underreport Catch Figures, Researchers Use Google Earth Images to Make a Case

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Google satellite image of a fish weir located on the coast of the Persian Gulf

We all know that technology consumes and surrounds us. Some may even say it is as though we are being watched. James A. Foley on Natural World News recently wrote an article addressing the issue of Persian Gulf Fisheries under reporting their catch numbers. How was this discovered? Scientists at the University of British Columbia recently became aware of Persian Gulf fisherman lying about their catch figures by using Google Satellite images which showed that six times as many fish were being caught in weirs than were being reported. Researchers believe that there were 1,900 fish weirs located along the coast of the Persian Gulf that caught approximated 25,000 metric tons more than was being reported.  Although this ancient fish practice may have been an easy way to catch a few extra (or a few million more) fish, new technology is making this nearly impossible.

-Emmie Van Wyhe

Published November 26, 2013