Actions & Insights

Actions & Insights 2017-12-26T17:59:41+00:00

Oceana Discovers that EU Countries Have Unlawfully Authorized Vessels to Fish in African Waters

Oceana data analyst Lacey Malarky uses Global Fishing Watch data to tackle numerous questions that may impact fisheries conservation. Her analyses supported a recently passed regulation that will help ensure greater transparency in European Union fisheries. Download the Oceana report to learn more here. Lacey Malarky, Analyst on the Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud campaign [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Partner|

Year One Opened a New Era of Transparency in Commercial Fishing – What’s Next?

When Global Fishing Watch launched last year, we opened a new era of transparency in commercial fishing. For the first time, an interactive platform for tracking the location and behavior of the largest commercial fishing vessels – and the data that drives it – was made available for free to organizations and individuals to accelerate [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|News & Views|

A Word From Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch’s New CEO

In early June of this year, at the first United Nations Ocean Conference, something unprecedented happened in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Convinced by the Global Fishing Watch vision of increasing transparency on the world’s oceans, the government of Indonesia turned its proprietary vessel monitoring system (VMS) data over for publication [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|News & Views|

Welcome to Our New CEO, Tony Long

Today, Global Fishing Watch has announced the appointment of Tony Long as Chief Executive Officer. Tony becomes the first permanent CEO of Global Fishing Watch. He comes to us from The Pew Charitable Trusts where he directed the End Illegal Fishing Project. Prior to that, he served 27 years in the British Royal Navy where his affinity [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|News & Views|

Providing a Missing Piece to a Multi-Disciplinary Study on Climate Change and Fishing Patterns

Eric Galbraith of ICREA studies the interactions between humans and the environment. He is using Global Fishing Watch as part of his effort to understand seasonal variation in fishing effort, including spatial patterns, differences between fisheries, and more, on a global scale. Given all the effects of climate change on our planet, especially our oceans, [...]

By | September 5th, 2017|Accelerator|

Where Cost Matters: Global Fishing Watch Can Make Fisheries Monitoring Possible

Metcalfe (second from right) conducts field surveys with local fishers. Before discovering Global Fishing Watch, Dr. Kristian Metcalfe worked in Gabon on the west coast of central Africa on a Darwin Initiative funded project (20-009). The project established a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) using spatial analysis of satellite-derived data such [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|Policy & Compliance|

Our Data Suggests Transhippment Involved in Refrigerated Cargo Vessel Just Sentenced to $5.9 Million and Jail Time for Carrying Illegal Sharks

The Ecuadoran government demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting its waters from illegal activity today when it handed down a $5.9 million fine to a Chinese refrigerated cargo vessel owner and a four year prison sentence to its captain for the illegal transport of sharks and shark fins in the protected waters of the Galapagos. [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|Policy & Compliance|

Transshipment Report Refined

Our commitment to open data and transparency is paying off. Input from Global Fishing Watch users and the public, is helping us refine and improve our analyses. Today, we're publishing an update to our groundbreaking transshipment report. Download the report and data now. Last February we published The Global View of Transshipment: Preliminary Findings, an original [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|Transshipment|

Example of AIS Data for One Vessel

This post originally appeared on our Data Blog  The sample vessel track below shows position broadcasts of the Jin Sheng No.2, a Chinese fishing vessel with mmsi number 413270430. Over three weeks in March of 2015, this vessel steamed from the central Pacific to the coast of Japan, Korea, and China. While moving, a vessel [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|Map|

Mitigating Seabird Bycatch with Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch has changed the way conservation scientist Stephanie Winnard does business. For the first time, she’s able to remotely perform comprehensive evaluations on fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zones she studies.  An estimated 100,000 albatross drown every year in longline and trawl fisheries worldwide. In fact, 15 of 22 albatross species [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|Accelerator|

What Can We See When AIS Signals Disappear?

We are often asked about how Global Fishing Watch can be effective when vessel captains can simply turn off their AIS. And our answer has always been, “they have to turn it back on sometime—especially when entering port, and intentional blackouts raise a red flag.” Our recent analysis of fleet activity around the Argentine EEZ [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|Signal gaps|

AIS Gaps by Fleet

AIS GAPS BY FLEET: January 1, 2017 - July 10,2017 On the maps below, each point indicates the start of a gap in AIS signals from a fishing vessel lasting more than 24 hours. [Read about our AIS gap analysis around the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone] Number of gaps by flag state:

By | July 20th, 2017|Signal gaps|

Students Learn About Fishery Dynamics With Global Fishing Watch

Austin Humphries, (left) Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island, used Global Fishing Watch to teach his “Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Science and Management” students about real-life fisheries dynamics. Global Fishing Watch is being used by scientists, governments, and conservationists to better understand commercial fishing activity worldwide. It can also be a valuable tool for [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|User|

An Ocean With Neither Pirates Nor Slaves

John Hocevar is the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA. His team has been using Global Fishing Watch to help focus their attention on specific areas within known hotspots of illegal activity. John is a co-author on a paper in the current issue of the journal Marine Policy that presents arguments for a moratorium on [...]

By | June 26th, 2017|News & Views|