Making A Difference

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September 2016

Revealed the invisible and opened a new world
of ocean research and conservation

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February 2017

Published the first public global footprint and
analysis of fisheries transshipment at sea

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April 2017

Doubled the number of industrial-sized
fishing vessels visible in our platform

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June 2017

Paved the way for government transparency
through sharing of vessel monitoring data

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Governments, researchers, conservationists, scientists, and seafood industry members are using our map and data to improve fisheries sustainability.

In collaboration with our many partners in government, academia, conservationists and industry, the Global Fishing Watch team is breaking new ground in bringing transparency to commercial fishing. Since launching in September 2016, we have: identified and publicly exposed transshipment for the first time on a global scale; partnered with the government of Indonesia for the unprecedented publication of their proprietary vessel monitoring system data; produced previously unavailable data and analyses that led to the discovery of illegal fishing by EU vessels in African waters and that secured the designation of the largest Marine Protected Area off the coast of the Americas.

Work by our partners, our research accelerators, and the users of our public map is truly amplifying the impact of our transparency platform. Here are just some of their stories.

Fighting Illegal Fishing

March 19th, 2018|Partner, Research|

Researchers explore an alternative pathway to fast-tracking the global recovery of fisheries By Julie Cohen Short-term pain for long-term gain. When applied to the reform of global fisheries, this strategy could yield enormous benefits. If [...]

Tracking the Global Footprint of Fisheries

February 22nd, 2018|Research|

Executive Summary Humans have been fishing the seas for over 42,000 years and fishing is one of the most widespread means by which humans harvest natural resources. However, fishing's global footprint - that is, its [...]

Tracking Fishing from Space: Fact Sheet

February 22nd, 2018|Research, Uncategorized|

What is Global Fishing Watch? Global Fishing Watch aims to create transparency, accelerate research and innovation, and promote sustainability in fisheries. Founded as a collaboration between Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google, Global Fishing Watch became an [...]

The Dynamics of the Global Fishing Fleet – Interactive

February 22nd, 2018|Research|

Our research paper, “Tracking the global footprint of fisheries," was published today in Science. A key finding of the study is that fishing is remarkably non-seasonal at a global scale. What matters far more than [...]

Our Dataset — Now Available

February 22nd, 2018|Research|

Today is an exciting day for the Global Fishing Watch Research program. Working with six partner institutions, we have published the first ever global analysis of fishing effort using Automated Identification System (AIS) data. Our paper, [...]

Making the Case for Argentine MPAs

December 22nd, 2017|Policy & Compliance|

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 [...]

  • Government, research, and industry collaborators in Peru

Collaborating, Adapting Algorithms for Peru’s VMS

December 15th, 2017|VMS transparency|

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 [...]

VMS Layer Now Available in Fishing Activity Map

December 4th, 2017|VMS transparency|

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 [...]

  • Wei Zhou, ocean campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia’s Beijing office

Understanding the Impacts of the Chinese Fishery Moratorium

November 20th, 2017|Accelerator|

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 [...]

Adding Nano-Satellite Data Doubles Our Resolution

November 1st, 2017|AIS|

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 [...]

Understanding Fishing Activity Around Ascension Island

October 24th, 2017|Accelerator|

Sam Weber worked previously for the Ascension Island Government and is currently at the University of Exeter helping to establish the largest Marine Protected Area in the Atlantic around Ascension [...]

New Study: Greenhouse Gas Emissions are Rising as Vessel Traffic Grows

October 17th, 2017|Accelerator|

Commercial fishing is an energy-intensive business, and not just for the fishers hauling in the catch. Fishing vessels burn a lot of fuel. In fact, according to Naya Olmer, Marine Program Associate at the International Council [...]

The Missing Data to Help Protect Seamounts

October 13th, 2017|Accelerator|

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 [...]

A Victory for Transparency in Peru

October 5th, 2017|VMS transparency|

This letter from Andy Sharpless first appeared on Oceana’s blog. Read the Spanish translation here. I am writing to you from Peru, where I have just witnessed Oceana’s team win an [...]

Is banning transshipment necessary to diminish illegal fishing?

September 28th, 2017|User|

Christopher Ewell was an undergraduate student at New York University when he authored a publication on transshipment with Global Fishing Watch’s report, The Global View of Transshipment: Preliminary Findings, as an important source. [...]

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