Fisheries

Close encounters of the fishy kind

New data reveals suspected vessel rendezvous at sea and sheds light on the ‘dark’ fleet To mark World Oceans Day, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) has increased ocean transparency by releasing the first-ever ‘live’ global view of likely transshipping at sea — a practice that can mask illegal fishing activity, and imagery of night-time fishing and [...]

By | 2018-06-08T07:16:51+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Fisheries, Map, News and views, Our updates, Press Release|

Satellite tracking shows the economics of much high seas fishing does not add up

Kristina M. Gjerde, Senior High Seas Advisor. IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme As the countdown continues to September’s historic first round of United Nations treaty talks on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity  in the high seas, science and technology are shedding increasingly compelling light on what is currently happening [...]

By | 2018-06-06T14:18:37+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Data, Fisheries, News and views, Research and analysis|

Data sharing key to building the transparency needed to assess and respond to ocean risk

Global Fishing Watch discusses the use of technology at the first ever Ocean Risk Summit, Bermuda 8-10th May Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch I was very pleased to be invited to the first ever Ocean Risk Summit in Bermuda last week. Re-insurer XL Catlin gathered leaders from across the political, economic, environmental and risk [...]

By | 2018-05-14T06:07:32+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Fisheries, Our updates|

Costa Rica commits to making its fishing fleet visible to the world

Costa Rica and Global Fishing Watch (GFW), working with the Asociación Costa Rica por Siempre and the Fundación Pacífico, have entered into an agreement to advance transparency in the country’s fisheries. Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Environment and Energy signed a letter of intent on May 2nd to make the [...]

By | 2018-06-08T04:19:24+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Fisheries, Press Release, VMS transparency|

Flag of Convenience or Cloak of Malfeasance?

In the U.S., you can’t slap a license plate on your car from a state you don’t live in. Not so for ships on the ocean. Of course, ships don’t have license plates; they have flags, but it’s not uncommon for a fishing vessel to fly a flag from a country that has no actual [...]

By | 2017-12-27T22:44:19+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Fisheries|

Taming the Ocean’s Wild West

The high seas are often called the ocean’s Wild West—open territory far from any shoreline or national jurisdiction where the global fishing fleet takes a free-for-all approach to harvesting the world’s shared resources. There’s some truth to that, but there are, in fact, laws intended to manage fishing on the high seas. They’re hard to [...]

By | 2017-12-21T18:38:29+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Fisheries|

Rendezvous at Sea: What is Transshipping?

In the commercial fishing world, transshipment is the transfer of catch from one vessel to another. During a transshipment, a fishing vessel meets up with a large refrigerated cargo-type ship, known as a “reefer.” They tie up alongside one another and drift while the fishing vessel offloads tons of catch before heading back out to [...]

By | 2018-01-05T15:58:11+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Fisheries|

Who Owns the Fish: High Seas and the EEZs

To look out over the ocean at a horizon that stretches for thousands of miles, it’s almost easy to understand how we have allowed overfishing to become such a serious problem. It’s that very quality of limitlessness that led the world to believe there would always be enough. […]

By | 2018-01-05T16:14:21+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Fisheries|