AIS Ship Tracking and Environmental Sustainability in Australia

The Australian coastline stretches over 34,000 kilometres, making it the sixth-longest national coastline in the world. It is home to a diverse range of marine life and ecosystems, which require careful management to ensure their sustainability. One tool that has become increasingly important in this regard is AIS ship tracking.

What is AIS ship tracking?

AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a technology used by ships to broadcast their position, speed, and other information to other vessels and shore-based stations. This information can be picked up by AIS ship tracking systems, which can then display the vessel’s location on a map.

Why is AIS ship tracking important for environmental sustainability?

One of the key benefits of AIS ship tracking is its ability to help prevent collisions between vessels. This is particularly important in areas where there are high levels of shipping traffic or where there are hazards such as reefs or shallow water. By reducing the risk of collisions, AIS ship tracking can help prevent damage to marine ecosystems caused by oil spills or other accidents.

In addition to its safety benefits, AIS ship tracking can also be used to monitor vessel movements and identify patterns that may indicate illegal fishing or other activities that could harm marine wildlife. This information can then be used by authorities to take action against those responsible.

How is AIS ship tracking used in Australia?

Australia has one of the largest maritime domains in the world, with responsibility for an area spanning 10% of the Earth’s surface. To manage this vast area effectively, Australia relies on a network of shore-based stations that receive information from vessels using AIS technology.

In addition to these shore-based stations, Australia also uses satellite technology to track vessels in remote areas where there are no ground-based facilities. This allows authorities to monitor vessel movements across the entire Australian maritime domain.


AIS ship tracking has become an essential tool for managing shipping traffic and promoting environmental sustainability around the world. In Australia, this technology has played a crucial role in protecting the country’s diverse marine ecosystems and ensuring the safe and sustainable use of its vast maritime domain. By continuing to invest in AIS ship tracking technology, Australia can help ensure that its coastal waters remain healthy and vibrant for generations to come.

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