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Making the Case for Argentine MPAs

Commercial fishing is an important revenue source for Argentina, and the industry’s interests are strong, but the government is committed to protecting at least 10 percent of its territorial waters by 2020. Although reconciling the need for Marine Protected Areas with the economic interests of the fishing industry can be challenging, Global Fishing Watch [...]

By | 2018-04-04T11:19:52+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Impacts|

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|

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|

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

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 (IUU) fishing threatens national, economic, and food security around the globe. […]

By | 2017-12-29T09:59:50+00:00 September 25th, 2017|News and views|

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

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 ocean outside your window every day, it’s easy to forget how much we depend on it – from the oxygen [...]

By | 2017-12-29T10:00:13+00:00 September 19th, 2017|News and views|

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 and views|

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|

Who Owns the Fish: High Seas and the EEZs

To look out over the ocean at a horizon that stretches for thousands of miles, it’s almost easy to understand how we have allowed overfishing to become such a serious problem. It’s that very quality of limitlessness that led the world to believe there would always be enough. […]

By | 2018-01-05T16:14:21+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Fisheries|