Collaborating, Adapting Algorithms for Peru’s VMS

Last week, members of our team traveled to Peru to participate in a workshop on fishing algorithms and data, co-hosted by Oceana Peru and the Instituto del Mar de Peru (IMARPE). We made the journey because Peru is releasing its fishing vessel data to the world – the Peruvian Vice Minister of Fisheries, Hector Soldi, [...]

By | 2017-12-29T09:27:48+00:00 December 15th, 2017|VMS transparency|

VMS Layer Now Available in Fishing Activity Map

On World Ocean Day in June 2017, we partnered with Minister Susi Pudjiastuti and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to publicly release Indonesian Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data. This was the first ever public release of VMS data. Previously accessible only in a dedicated public workspace on our site, this data is [...]

By | 2017-12-29T09:27:09+00:00 December 4th, 2017|VMS transparency|

Adding Nano-Satellite Data Doubles Our Resolution

Today, we are pleased to announce that, through a partnership with Spire Global, Inc, we have doubled the amount of data we use to identify and track nearly 60,000 commercial fishing vessels on the world’s oceans. Publicly broadcast Automatic Identification System (AIS) messages received by satellites and ground-based receivers comprise the largest source of data in the [...]

By | 2017-12-29T09:34:18+00:00 November 1st, 2017|AIS|

Indonesia Makes its Fishing Fleet Visible to the World

This week, at the United Nation’s Ocean Conference, the Republic of Indonesia becomes the first nation ever to publish Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data revealing the location and activity of its commercial fishing fleet. The new data being made public on the Global Fishing Watch public mapping platform reveals commercial [...]

By | 2017-12-22T13:32:01+00:00 June 7th, 2017|VMS transparency|

Beta Release 2.0: Nearly Doubling our Database of Commercial Fishing Vessels

Since our launch in September, we have added 25,000 more fishing vessels to our database. Our new Beta release 2.0 now includes 60,000 fishing vessels. Although the number of fishing boats using AIS and the number of satellites receiving their signals have been steadily rising around the world, the vast majority of our gains have [...]

By | 2017-12-29T13:44:21+00:00 May 18th, 2017|AIS|

New Partnership Expands Our View to Artisanal Fisheries

Today, Global Fishing Watch is focused on tracking commercial-scale fishing fleets, because they are the ones required to carry Automatic Identification Systems that broadcast their information to satellites. But small, artisanal fishing vessels represent another side of the picture that can’t be ignored. Although they often employ low-tech, traditional fishing methods (especially in developing countries), small-boat subsistence fishers [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:28:59+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Artisanal Vessels|

Palmyra Atoll Workspace Visualization

Intended for the media, but available to everyone. Right click to download original image, or click to access the workspace. Caption: U.S. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. /Credit Global Fishing Watch Using Global Fishing Watch, researchers were able to identify commercial fishing vessels operating around U.S. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge from January 1, [...]

By | 2017-12-20T12:22:34+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Transparency|