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.

Investigation into seized toothfish vessel highlights need for transparency

May 2nd, 2018|Impacts|

Tony Long, CEO Global Fishing Watch I’ve followed with interest the recent interception by the Indonesian navy of the F/V STS-50, a stateless toothfish fishing vessel carrying 600 illegal gillnets. The F/V STS-50 is [...]

Fighting Illegal Fishing

March 19th, 2018|Research and analysis, Research partner program|

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 and analysis|

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 [...]

The Dynamics of the Global Fishing Fleet – Interactive

February 22nd, 2018|Research and analysis|

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 and analysis|

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|Impacts|

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 [...]

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

Understanding the Impacts of the Chinese Fishery Moratorium

November 20th, 2017|Research accelerator program|

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 [...]

Understanding Fishing Activity Around Ascension Island

October 24th, 2017|Research accelerator program|

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|Research accelerator program|

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|Research accelerator program|

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 [...]

Is banning transshipment necessary to diminish illegal fishing?

September 28th, 2017|Research users|

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. [...]

East Bay Seafood Company Pursues Traceability

September 28th, 2017|Research users|

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. [...]

Citizen MPA Monitoring Via Global Fishing Watch

September 26th, 2017|Research users|

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 [...]

Global Fishing Watch and the Case of the IUU Hotspots

September 21st, 2017|Research accelerator program|

Dr. Gohar Petrossian of John Jay College of Criminal Justice studies crime at sea. She is using Global Fishing Watch data as part of her effort to understand Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.  When most people [...]

Oceana Discovers that EU Countries Have Unlawfully Authorized Vessels to Fish in African Waters

September 15th, 2017|Research partner program|

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 [...]

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