A delegation from the internet giant Google is expected to come to Iceland in the next two to three months to learn about an Icelandic IT system used to monitor fishing. The possibility to link it to Google Earth is being looked into.
Fishing in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson told Morgunblaðið that he met Google representatives at an international congress in Singapore in February after giving a speech on the world’s oceans.
In his speech he described how Icelanders have been successful in developing a monitoring system for fishing and in using IT to contribute to a responsible and sustainable fishing industry.
“We had informative and useful discussions on whether the technology developed by Icelandic companies, for example Trackwell, could be connected with Google’s technological development, especially Google Earth,” Ólafur said.
“If one could connect the two we might possibly have a basis for developing an international monitoring system with fishing and the sailing course of all fishing vessels all over the world,” he continued, adding he is confident that IT is key to counteracting overfishing.
According to the president, finding a good date for Google’s visit is now being worked on. In Iceland its delegation would meet with representatives of Icelandic IT companies and companies and institutions involved with the fishing industry.
“I find this a great recognition for Icelandic IT companies and the system we have developed here. If we get recruitment from Google Earth in this matter—which has achieved world recognition in this field—it would be a huge step,” Ólafur concluded.