News & Views

News & Views 2017-12-26T20:40:19+00:00

Global Fishing Watch is lucky to have the support of individuals in government, research, industry, and advocacy organizations. We are also fortunate that they have been so willing to share their perspectives on transparency and the work we are doing.

Tackling Unknowns to Advance Ocean Sustainability

By | March 16th, 2018|

Tony Long, CEO Global Fishing Watch Furthering innovation and collaboration is at the heart of Global Fishing Watch’s mission to advance responsible stewardship of our oceans through increased transparency. Our Research Partners program, [...]

Part II: How Ocean Science And Technology Can Address IUU Fishing And Secure National, Economic, and Food Security Worldwide

By | September 25th, 2017|

Jonathan White is a retired Rear Admiral for the United States Navy and the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Last week, in this blog, he discussed how illegal, unreported, and unregulated [...]

Part I: Illegal Fishing – A Threat to National, Economic, and Food Security Worldwide

By | September 19th, 2017|

Jonathan White is a retired Rear Admiral for the United States Navy and the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Out of sight – out of mind. If you don’t see the [...]

Year One Opened a New Era of Transparency in Commercial Fishing – What’s Next?

By | September 15th, 2017|

When Global Fishing Watch launched last year, we opened a new era of transparency in commercial fishing. For the first time, an interactive platform for tracking the location and behavior of the largest commercial fishing [...]

A Word From Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch’s New CEO

By | September 12th, 2017|

In early June of this year, at the first United Nations Ocean Conference, something unprecedented happened in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Convinced by the Global Fishing Watch vision of increasing [...]

Welcome to Our New CEO, Tony Long

By | September 6th, 2017|

Today, Global Fishing Watch has announced the appointment of Tony Long as Chief Executive Officer. Tony becomes the first permanent CEO of Global Fishing Watch. He comes to us from The Pew Charitable Trusts where he directed [...]

An Ocean With Neither Pirates Nor Slaves

By | June 26th, 2017|

John Hocevar is the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA. His team has been using Global Fishing Watch to help focus their attention on specific areas within known hotspots of illegal activity. John is a [...]

Global Fishing Watch Makes a Splash at the UN Ocean Conference

By | June 13th, 2017|

A traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony complete with meke dancing. Giant sculptures of sea creatures made of ocean trash along the East River. Announcements of MPA designations and other commitments to marine conservation by leaders from [...]

New Release Beta 2.0 – You Asked, We Delivered

By | May 18th, 2017|

Today, we are releasing a brand new version of the Global Fishing Watch interactive map that is easier to use and adds nearly 25,000 new vessels. It also increases your ability to customize the map [...]

Fisheries Stakeholders Offer Insights to New Uses and Expanded Datasets

By | May 11th, 2017|

During the first two weeks of May, a team of Global Fishing Watch developers, designers and project managers gathered in Europe with members of our user community to teach, learn and brainstorm improvements and new [...]

Our Recent Webinar Success Bodes Well for More to Come

By | March 13th, 2017|

Last Monday, we held a webinar in which 48 registered Global Fishing Watch users had an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, two of the authors of our recent report “The Global Footprint [...]

Interview with Google’s Brian Sullivan

By | November 30th, 2016|

As a Senior Program Manager for Google Ocean & Earth Outreach Brian Sullivan is Google’s lead on Global Fishing Watch. Over the years, he has managed digital divide programs in West Africa, toted Google’s Street [...]

A New Angle on Baltic Sea Cod = Upheaval for the Fishery

By | November 14th, 2016|

Last month, the EU Fisheries Council of Ministers slashed next year’s catch quota for the Western Baltic Sea cod by 56 percent. It was a bold move that has fishermen concerned for their livelihoods and [...]

Whaling off the map

By | October 26th, 2016|

Are whaling vessels that operate without using aids to avoid vessel collision putting the safety of biodiversity and people at risk?   This week the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has convened in Slovenia. The gathering [...]

An Interview with Jackie Savitz, Oceana’s Vice President for U.S. Oceans

By | October 13th, 2016|

Oceana’s Vice President for the United States and Global Fishing Watch, Jackie Savitz, has spent her career on the front lines of the fight to protect and save the world’s oceans. After earning her master’s [...]

Breaking Ground Means Breaking News

By | October 11th, 2016|

It’s been three weeks since we launched Global Fishing Watch, and the new technology platform has created a buzz around the globe from Europe to Southeast Asia, China, Brazil, Costa Rica, Australia and even landlocked parts of [...]

Exploring a New World of Data with Team Member Aaron Roan

By | October 6th, 2016|

If you’ve grown accustomed to the idea that everything in our world is traceable—from airplanes to cell phones to personal browsing history and purchasing habits—it may seem like a no-brainer that we can use publicly broadcast Automatic [...]

We’ve Launched!

By | September 17th, 2016|

Last Thursday, we kicked off the public launch of Global Fishing Watch with an announcement by actor and ocean advocate Leonardo DiCaprio at the Our Ocean Conference in Washington, DC. After the announcement, organizer and [...]

Interview with Michael Hirshfield: Chief Scientist and Strategy Officer, Oceana

By | September 8th, 2016|

Dr. Michael Hirshfield oversees Oceana’s new offices in the Philippines, Canada and Brazil, and ensures that Oceana’s policy advocacy is solidly based on the latest scientific information. Throughout his long career, Dr. Hirshfield has worked [...]

Interview with Chris Costello: Environmental Economist

By | August 20th, 2016|

A 2016 recipient of the prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Award, Dr. Christopher Costello is a professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara. His work [...]

Global Fishing Watch Well Received in Jakarta

By | August 16th, 2016|

Last week our Chief Technology Officer Paul Woods and Google’s lead on the project, Brian Sullivan traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, to participate in the South-East Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit. As part of the Economist [...]

Interview with Marine Ecologist Dr. Doug McCauley

By | July 23rd, 2016|

Last year, Dr. Doug McCauley told the New York Times that humanity may be on the verge of creating a mass extinction in the seas unless we can rapidly change our course. McCauley and his [...]

Interview with Marine Ecologist, Boris Worm

By | July 10th, 2016|

Dr. Boris Worm is a world renowned marine ecologist and professor of marine conservation biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Co-author or primary author of more than 100 articles in leading science journals, [...]

Making Headlines: We’re On to Something!

By | June 9th, 2016|

It’s been less than two years since we first demonstrated the Global Fishing Watch prototype in public, and the media coverage hasn’t stopped. Since announcing the prototype we’ve been featured in more than 100 publications [...]

Peter Benchley Ocean Awards: Global Fishing Watch Partners Win Big

By | June 2nd, 2016|

For a gathering of enthusiastic supporters of ocean conservation, you can’t do better than the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. Referred to as the “Academy Awards for the Ocean” the event honors individuals from a variety [...]