Conservationists want you to help crowd-patrol illegal fishing around Cocos Island

By Jill Replogle

Want to help stop illegal fishing around Costa Rica’s remote, species-rich Cocos Island? Now you can, from the comfort of your couch anywhere in the world – as long as you have a fast Internet connection.

The ocean conservation group Turtle Island Restoration Network has teamed up with the imagery crowdsourcing platform Tomnod to launch a campaign that allows conservation-minded Internauts to identify illegal fishing boats in satellite imagery of Cocos Island National Park. Turtle Island hopes the initiative will produce evidence that could eventually be used in court to prosecute people fishing illegally within the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Armchair patrollers can go to and scan for illegal boats in five satellite images covering a total of 3,200 square kilometers of ocean around the island. The images are broken down into tiles and the user can zoom in and out (the default size is one-eighth of a square kilometer). If a user spots what looks like a boat, she can tag it with a digital pin and the data is automatically saved.

Tomnod collects all that data and shares it with conservationists.

“This is likely the first time this sort of crowdsourcing technology is being used … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times