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A Coverage system

Solar-power generated

Remote antenna

Archipelago coverage ranges

Northern islands coverage range

Some good news this week from Brasilia, Brazil where the annual UNESCO World Heritage Committee met. As a result of work by the Government of Ecuador it was decided to remove the Galapagos Islands from the List of World Heritage in Danger. For the past three years the the Government of Ecuador, the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) and various NGO's active in environmental affairs have been working hard to improve the situation. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) Project was introduced.

NAUTICAL LOG found the AIS Project was most interesting as funding came from the Dutch Postcode Lottery specifically for this project. The Sea Shepherds will use this funding to build a network of AIS repeaters throughout the archipelago. These will be solar powered fully self-supporting at eight (8) fixed locations as well as aboard the GNPS vessels. All information is sent to the GNPS control centre and displayed on a monitor thus all vessels can be tracked. Further the GNPS will provide AIS transceivers at rental cost to vessels entering the Park boundries if they are not equipped. Some photos above show the coverage envisioned.

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