French navy deploys albatrosses to detect illegal fishing

Mariners of old believed that an albatross following their ship signified good luck, but those illegally trawling the Indian Ocean now have cause to be wary of the seabirds. About 250 albatrosses are being equipped with tiny transceivers that will pick up trawlers’ radar signals.

Their locations will be transmitted to the French navy, which will use the data to identify vessels fishing in prohibited waters in the Indian Ocean, off the remote French islands of Crozet, Kerguelen and Amsterdam. France is responsible for patrolling 260,000 square miles of the southern sea.

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