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Apr 26, 2016

Spire & Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs & Fisheries sign a memorandum of understanding

Satellite-powered data company, Spire Global, Inc. (“Spire”), is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Marine Affairs & Fisheries of the Government of Indonesia (“MMAF”). Under the MOU, Spire and MMAF will jointly test and evaluate how data provided by Spire’s constellation of nanosatellites can help MMAF better monitor, supervise and manage vessels entering and operating in Indonesia’s 5.8 million square kilometer Exclusive Economic Zone (“EEZ”).

"We want the ability to detect and monitor all vessels operating in Indonesian waters, allowing us to determine whether a particular vessel is a fishing boat or an illegal ship," Said Susi Pudjiastuti, the Minister for Marine Affairs & Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia, “Protecting Indonesian fish stocks from being taken illegally is our primary concern.”

Peter Platzer, Spire’s CEO said: “Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (“IUU”) fishing has vast negative economic and humanitarian implications globally. Spire is excited to be collaborating with the Government of Indonesia, contributing advanced satellite-based technology to help MMAF eradicate IUU fishing in Indonesian waters as well as secure, monitor and grow the country’s sustainable maritime ecosystem.”

The problem faced by MMAF is not limited to its own EEZ. With many ships transiting through the country’s waters from other jurisdictions, there is significant need for a global view of ship tracking. Understanding vessel intentions requires constant and near real-time monitoring of ships from the beginning of their journey through the end.

Indonesia, which has focused on preserving its natural fishing resources, is recognized globally as an innovator in protecting its sovereign waters from illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Spire, which operates a fleet of rapidly improving nanosatellites, provides advanced maritime tracking data that is rapidly updated on an hourly basis. When deployed, this data makes a measurable difference in the fight to combat the $20B per year industry of illegal fishing worldwide.

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