DOD Announces AI Competition to Detect, Defeat Illegal Fishing

The Defense Innovation Unit and Global Fishing Watch, a nonprofit that uses satellites to provide a view of global fishing activities, announced today a new xView3 Challenge to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The xView3 is a competition with a $150,000 prize that’s intended to attract skilled developers who like a challenge and are adept at exploring novel ways to harness satellite-based synthetic aperture radar data to detect “dark” vessels, which don’t publicly broadcast their location or appear in public monitoring systems.

Synthetic aperture radar can penetrate clouds and darkness to reveal dark vessels’ locations and activities. Winning machine learning algorithms must be able to automatically detect and characterize dark vessels, according to a DIU news release.

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