Using data and open technologies we show the world, for free, exactly where all of the trackable apparent commercial fishing activityApparent Fishing has happened since 2012 and is happening today in near-real time. Since our launch in September, 2016, our users and partners have already begun to make big strides toward helping save the oceans.

The Missing Data to Help Protect Seamounts

Chris Kerry, a researcher at the University of Exeter in the UK, is using Global Fishing Watch gridded data to understand if seamounts are targeted by fishing vessels and if fishing activity is linked to any specific seamount characteristic.

Is banning transshipment necessary to diminish illegal fishing?

Christopher Ewell was an undergraduate student at New York University when he authored a publication on transshipment with Global Fishing Watch’s report, The Global View of Transshipment: Preliminary Findings, as an important source.

Global Fishing Watch To Put The Proof Behind East Bay Seafood Company’s Efforts

Jason Rossman, sales and marketing representative for East Bay Seafood Company, looks forward to the day when clients open his daily price list and trace the exact position of the vessels that just caught his fish.

“We haven’t gone live with this yet,” he says, “but internally we’re ramping up the best way to embed the Global Fishing Watch map into our daily price list as a way to better communicate to our customers.” Read more

Citizen MPA Monitoring Via Global Fishing Watch

John Marrone is a Tasmanian citizen and recreational fisherman who monitors local Marine Protected Areas via Global Fishing Watch.

Global Fishing Watch and the Case of the IUU Hotspots

Dr. Gohar Petrossian of John Jay College of Criminal Justice studies crime at sea. She is using Global Fishing Watch data as part of her effort to understand Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

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.

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. Read more

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.

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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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