Research and analysis

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|

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. Global Fishing Watch is being used by scientists, governments, and conservationists to better understand commercial fishing activity worldwide. It can also be a valuable tool for [...]

By | 2017-12-21T16:16:09+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Research users|

Transshipment: A Global Footprint Never Seen Before

It’s been just over five months since Global Fishing Watch launched publicly, and this week, we hope to make another splash by not just mapping global fishing activity, but by providing an unprecedented view of very specific activity by a very specific class of vessels around the world. Today, at the Economist World Ocean Summit [...]

By | 2018-04-04T11:48:44+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Research and analysis|

Mystery Moves: What’s Up in the Pacific?

Over the past couple of months, SkyTruth analyst Bjorn Bergman has been watching some interesting activity by the Chinese fishing fleet in the Pacific. A large Chinese flagged squid-fishing fleet had been fishing at the boundary of Peru’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) throughout the summer and fall of 2016. Then, near the middle of December, [...]

By | 2018-04-04T11:48:33+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Research and analysis|

A New View of Marine Protected Areas

In 2016, 33 countries agreed to establish a global network of scientifically supported Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that will increase the amount of ocean area protected from the current 2 percent to 10 percent by the year 2020. MPAs either restrict human activity such as fishing, or they prohibit it all together. But the question [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:09:35+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Research partner program|

MPA Survey Hints at Complexity of Marine Conservation

The no-take marine reserve Motu Maha surrounds the Aukland Islands. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are among the best tools we have for conserving biodiversity in the oceans, protecting vulnerable marine life, and providing places of refuge for fish stocks. But do they work? Can vast areas of ocean really be regulated? And if [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:12:07+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Research users|

Fishing Fleet Goes Home for the Holidays

'Tis the season, and even fishers want to be home for the holidays. The flag state filter in Global Fishing Watch allows us to select vessels flagged to a specific country or countries. In the spirit of the season, we decided to use it to see if  a cultural tradition that has nothing to do with fishing [...]

By | 2018-04-04T11:48:15+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Research and analysis|

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|

Remote Tracking to Improve Shark Conservation

Usually when you want to protect something, you have to know where it is. That sounds like common sense, but when it comes to protecting highly migratory species in the oceans, scientists, conservationists and resource managers are often flying blind. Marine animals such as sharks, turtles, whales and large mid-ocean fish like tuna often traverse [...]

By | 2017-12-22T11:08:11+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Research partner program|

Tracking Fish and Ships

Where do sharks and boats cross paths? What about sea turtles and whales? If we knew this, maybe we could reduce the number of vulnerable marine animals that end up entangled  or accidentally caught in fishing gear. After years of monitoring large pelagic sea life with remote tracking devices, researchers have started to build a [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:25:23+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Research partner program|

Diversity Expedition Update

Last week we reported on an expedition to survey diversity in the deep sea off the coast of Southern California. The goal of the expedition was to document on video the diversity of deep sea diversity in the area and demonstrate the need to close the waters of the Southern California Bight to bottom trawl fishing which destroys [...]

By | 2018-01-05T16:05:09+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Research partner program|

Rush Hour in the Sanctuary

Way out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on a sanctuary off limits to fishing activity, scientists are learning the habits of marine life uninterrupted by humans. In a recent study, they’ve found that sharks commute in and out of the lagoons of Palmyra on a daily basis. Rush hour according to the researchers [...]

By | 2018-01-05T16:06:54+00:00 August 7th, 2016|Research partner program|

Video Expedition Hopes to Capture and Protect Deep Sea Diversity off Southern California

Once considered to be a cold, dark desert nearly devoid of life, the deep sea is now known to support more species of marine life than the shallow reefs of the tropics. A menagerie of corals, sponges and undiscovered creatures—some of them previously unimaginable, others known only from the fossil record, lies hidden in near [...]

By | 2018-01-05T16:09:48+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Research partner program|

Scientists develop precise methods to identify and measure three very different types of fishing activity

On dry land, ecologists and conservationists can map our human footprints on the landscape. We can see deforestation, mountaintop removal, river damming and development, and it is relatively easy to recognize our impacts on an ecosystem and the plants and animals that live there. […]

By | 2018-01-05T16:12:02+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Research partner program|
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