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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|

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|

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|

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 | 2017-12-21T15:48:20+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Research accelerator program|

Mystery Solved: Where Albatrosses and Fishing Vessels Meet at Sea

It is the quintessential herald of a fishing vessel on the horizon: a swarming congregation of seabirds, gliding and diving in the distance, sun glinting on white wings as a cacophony of cries echoes across the water. Picturesque as it may be, the scene represents one of the largest threats to the survival of many [...]

By | 2017-12-22T10:56:34+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Research accelerator program|