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Combatting illegal shark and ray trade in Singapore with AI

Nurdianah Md Nur
Nurdianah Md Nur6/8/2022 10:01 AM GMT+08  • 4 min read
Combatting illegal shark and ray trade in Singapore with AI
Shark fin species detection by AI-powered Fin Finder, enabling inspectors to quickly flag suspicious fin shipments for further DNA testing. Photo: Microsoft, Conservation International and the Singapore National Parks Board
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Did you know that more than 160,000 kilograms of fins from CITES-listed sharks and rays have entered Singapore borders between 2012 and 2020?

Those fins belong to approximately 1,000 species of sharks and rays globally, of which over 30 species are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix II for regulated trade.

To combat illegal wildlife trade, officers from the Singapore National Parks (NParks) can now use a mobile app that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to visually identify illegally traded shark and ray species.

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