Research and analysis

Fighting Illegal Fishing

Researchers explore an alternative pathway to fast-tracking the global recovery of fisheries By Julie Cohen Short-term pain for long-term gain. When applied to the reform of global fisheries, this strategy could yield enormous benefits. If only it were that easy. For many countries — especially those in the developing tropics where fishery reform is needed [...]

By | 2018-03-19T12:49:41+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Research and analysis, Research partner program|

Tracking the Global Footprint of Fisheries

Executive Summary Humans have been fishing the seas for over 42,000 years and fishing is one of the most widespread means by which humans harvest natural resources. However, fishing's global footprint - that is, its spatial and temporal patterns, and extent - was poorly understood and unquantified, until now. “Tracking the Global Footprint in Fisheries,” [...]

By | 2018-02-23T10:52:51+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Research and analysis|

The Dynamics of the Global Fishing Fleet – Interactive

Our research paper, “Tracking the global footprint of fisheries," was published today in Science. A key finding of the study is that fishing is remarkably non-seasonal at a global scale. What matters far more than any natural annual cycle, it turns out, are cultural and political factors: fishers in North America and Europe don't work [...]

By | 2018-04-09T17:52:48+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Research and analysis|

Our Dataset — Now Available

Today is an exciting day for the Global Fishing Watch Research program. Working with six partner institutions, we have published the first ever global analysis of fishing effort using Automated Identification System (AIS) data. Our paper, "Tracking the global footprint of fisheries," is in the February 23rd edition of Science. Along with the publication of this [...]

By | 2018-02-22T14:22:48+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Research and analysis|

Understanding the Impacts of the Chinese Fishery Moratorium

Wei Zhou, ocean campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia’s Beijing office, used Global Fishing Watch to understand the impact of recent changes to fisheries policy in China on the extent of fishing in the Chinese EEZ.  On September 16, 2017 at noon, over 10,000 fishing vessels based in Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces in China headed out to start [...]

By | 2017-12-29T13:33:14+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Research accelerator program|

Understanding Fishing Activity Around Ascension Island

Sam Weber worked previously for the Ascension Island Government and is currently at the University of Exeter helping to establish the largest Marine Protected Area in the Atlantic around Ascension Island. […]

By | 2017-12-29T09:40:42+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Research accelerator program|

New Study: Greenhouse Gas Emissions are Rising as Vessel Traffic Grows

Commercial fishing is an energy-intensive business, and not just for the fishers hauling in the catch. Fishing vessels burn a lot of fuel. In fact, according to Naya Olmer, Marine Program Associate at the International Council on Clean Transportation, industrial-sized commercial fishing vessels are responsible for more than 4 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions released [...]

By | 2017-12-29T09:42:39+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Research accelerator program|

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. Seamounts, or undersea mountains that rise from the ocean floor, create an environment rich with biodiversity. Yet [...]

By | 2017-12-29T09:44:13+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Research accelerator program|

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. Is banning transshipment necessary to diminish illegal fishing? It is according to a recent publication in Marine Policy, titled Potential ecological [...]

By | 2017-12-29T09:49:09+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Research users|

East Bay Seafood Company Pursues Traceability

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-29T09:51:25+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Research users|

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. John Marrone, a Tasmanian recreational fisherman, first became interested in Global Fishing Watch after watching a clip of funder Leonardo DiCaprio on a local news network. Upon hearing DiCaprio speak about Global Fishing [...]

By | 2017-12-29T09:52:33+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Research users|

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.  When most people hear the term “criminology” they think Sherlock Holmes or CSI. Dr. Gohar Petrossian is a criminologist who studies something we [...]

By | 2017-12-29T10:02:23+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Research accelerator program|

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 | 2018-03-13T11:59:27+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Research partner program|

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 | 2017-12-21T15:36:17+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Research accelerator program|

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 | 2018-04-04T11:47:30+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Research and analysis|
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