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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|

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|User|

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|User|

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|Partner|

Embedding a Workspace into Your Own Website

A new feature in Global Fishing Watch is the ability to embed a workspace into your own website like this: Once your workspace is in your web page like this one above, here are the things you can do: Play the timeline: Click on the arrow next to the timeline Move the map view: Click [...]

By | 2018-01-05T10:28:51+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Map|

New Release Beta 2.0 – You Asked, We Delivered

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 view and share your work. Beta Release 2.0. comes in response to some great feedback we’ve been getting from our registered [...]

By | 2018-01-05T10:31:12+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Our News|

Fisheries Stakeholders Offer Insights to New Uses and Expanded Datasets

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 uses for our online map and data. […]

By | 2018-01-05T10:32:48+00:00 May 11th, 2017|News & Views|

Fishing in a Marine Park? Look Again.

After our recent post Deciphering Suspicious Behavior: It’s not always what it seems, we thought it would be insightful to post a few examples of vessel behavior that looked suspect, but turned out to be easily explained on closer inspection. Often, a look at the other vessels in the area can help explain what’s going [...]

By | 2018-01-09T08:18:29+00:00 December 18th, 2016|Map|

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|User|

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 | 2018-01-05T12:14:59+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Vessel Behavior|

Identifying Transshipment From the Data

When two ships meet to transfer goods, it is called transshipment. In the fisheries industry, it is sometimes legal in ports, but usually illegal out at sea where the practice can’t be monitored. [You can read more about it here]. Transshipment can facilitate the mixing of illegal or unreported catch with legal catch, making it [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:15:48+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Data|

Where are the Whalers?

Last week, a visitor to our site asked if Global Fishing Watch can be used to track whaling ships. The short answer is yes, sometimes. At the moment, our machine learning algorithms are being designed to classify three major types of fishing activity—trawling, longlining and purse seining—but some whaling vessels report themselves as “fishing vessels,” [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:22:22+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Data|