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Making VMS Public

Expanding MPAs

Tracking Illegal Fishing

Why Global Fishing Watch?

Our World Depends on Sustainable Fisheries

  • Over 3 billion people depend on seafood for 20% of the protein in their diets.
  • Almost 90% of the world’s fish stocks are fished to capacity or overfished.
  • The global economy loses $83 billion annually to illegal fishing, overfishing, and poor fisheries management.

Global Fishing Watch is putting an end to patchy surveillance and poor enforcement by pushing for greater transparency and a better understanding of where fishing is occuring.

We Have a Limited View of Fishing Activity at Sea

  • Fishing occurs over the horizon and out of sight and current monitoring and surveillance schemes are not sufficient or effective.
  • Data on fishing vessels is limited, inconsistent, and typically not independently verifiable.
  • Processing raw data to make it useful for research is challenging and costly.

Global Fishing Watch provides the global footprint of commercial fishing and supporting data for free to the public and also provides a platform for better monitoring control and enforcement.

Global Fishing Watch Advances Sustainability Through Transparency

  • We reveal the location and behaviors of commercial fishing fleets everywhere on the oceans through our freely accessible fishing activity map and processed data sets.
  • Our transparency platform accelerates scientific research and development of innovations that support improved sustainability.
  • Partnerships amplify our impact on fisheries policy & compliance, seafood sourcing, and ocean conservation.

Global Fishing Watch will continue to develop its volume of information and data sources to ensure we achieve the best possible visualization of global fishing activity.

What we’re doing …

Bright Lights Reveal the “Dark” Fleet

Bright Lights Reveal the “Dark” Fleet A new partnership between Global Fishing Watch and NOAA matches night-time imagery with monitoring data from fishing vessels. January 16, 2018: Global Fishing Watch [...]

Making the Case for Argentine MPAs

Commercial fishing is an important revenue source for Argentina, and the industry’s interests are strong, but the government is committed to protecting at least 10 percent of its territorial [...]

  • Government, research, and industry collaborators in Peru

Collaborating, Adapting Algorithms for Peru’s VMS

Last week, members of our team traveled to Peru to participate in a workshop on fishing algorithms and data, co-hosted by Oceana Peru and the Instituto del Mar de Peru [...]

VMS Layer Now Available in Fishing Activity Map

On World Ocean Day in June 2017, we partnered with Minister Susi Pudjiastuti and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to publicly release Indonesian Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) [...]

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