Oceana Uses Global Fishing Watch to discover 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.

Welcome to Our New CEO

Tony Long, CEO Global Fishing Watch

We’re taking a big step today in welcoming our first permanent CEO. Tony Long has just taken the helm after five years with 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 with the ocean was born.

“We are delighted to welcome Tony Long to the team. His unique mix of skills, experience, and character make him the ideal fit for Global Fishing Watch,” said Brian Sullivan, Chairperson of the Global Fishing Watch Board of Directors. “Tony has a thorough understanding of vessel tracking and related technologies, maritime laws, IUU fishing issues and global geopolitics along with strong leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, and I am confident that he is the right person to lead Global Fishing Watch as we continue to scale our impact and reach since launching in 2016.” Read more

Providing a missing piece to a globally integrated, cross-disciplinary, fisheries management

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.

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

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 as  Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS). Although some governments are already using AIS or VMS to observe fishing activity in their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), many do not have the infrastructure or resources to do so. To Metcalfe, Darwin Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, Global Fishing Watch has the potential to override those concerns. He is using our tools to demonstrate the potential strength of satellite data for more transparent monitoring and enforcement at sea.

Metcalfe became a beta tester for Global Fishing Watch in the early stages and started using it to inform his work in central Africa. Now, he is working on a new Darwin Initiative funded project (23-011) in the Republic of Congo with Professor Brendan Godley and Dr. Matthew Witt to collect various types of data on human activity in the marine environment and to inform the development of a marine spatial plan, with a particular emphasis on improving fisheries governance.

“Until recently, fisheries hasn’t been a priority area for government funding in Congo because a large proportion of the government revenue is generated by hydrocarbon exploitation. However, with poverty alleviation and food security in mind, there has been a recent push by the government to better protect local livelihoods and fisheries resources,” he said. He hopes to use Global Fishing Watch to show the Congolese Ministry of Fisheries that AIS is a cost effective tool for monitoring and enforcement efforts.

“Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a monitoring system, they could monitor fisheries online with Global Fishing Watch,” he says. “I have used Global Fishing Watch to illustrate the value of real-time data to the fisheries agency in Congo, as well as explain to them that with a monitoring system in place, they can better manage and enforce their fishing fleet.”

In fact, Metcalfe has already had some success in pushing the Ministry towards stricter action against illegal fishing. “In conjunction with other monitoring approaches, we have used Global Fishing Watch to show them patterns of illegal fishing within Conkouatai-Douli National Park and the artisanal fisheries zone,” he said. “Now we are working together with our partners (Wildlife Conservation Society and Rénatura) to provide more funding to increase local capacity to undertake patrols and improve enforcement.”  

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.  Read more

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. Read more

North East Seamounts and Canyons

How Global Fishing Watch Contributed to the Creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Brad Sewell, director of Fisheries and the U.S. Atlantic Program at the National Resources Defence Council (NRDC) used Global Fishing Watch to help protect the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument by showing that not all vessels opposing the monument relied on it for fishing grounds. A new lawsuit threatens protection for the area, and Global Fishing Watch could be an important tool in the case. Read more

No Longer Winging It: Using Global Fishing Watch to Identify Where Albatrosses and Fishing Vessels Meet at Sea

Zoologist and marine ecologist Henri Weimerskirch (left) from the French National Center for Scientific Research has spent many years tracking seabirds through their annual migrations. Now he’s using Global Fishing Watch to track the individual fishing vessels and fleets the birds interact with. His goal is to identify risks to the birds and help develop sustainable fishing practices to protect them. Read more

Soccoro Islands MPA

Where Tourism and Tuna Overlap: How Global Fishing Watch is Informing Policy Discussions

Octavio Aburto of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (left) and his colleagues, Juan Mayorga of UC Santa Barbara and Enric Sala of Pristine Seas are using Global Fishing Watch to understand the economic impacts of establishing a new Marine Protected Area in Mexican waters.

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