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New Fusion of Global Datasets Advances Understanding of Vessel Identity and Activity

Novel research provides new tool to improve global fisheries oversight Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing accounts for up to $23.5 billion every year and is enabled by vessels frequently changing their name, flag State or owner. New research , led by Global Fishing Watch and published in Science Advances , uses big data processing …

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New research reveals shifting identities of global fishing fleet to help bolster fisheries management

Scientific study fuses multiple data sources to advance global understanding of vessel identity and behavior A new study published today in Science Advances combines a decade’s worth of satellite vessel tracking data with identification information from more than 40 public registries to determine where and when vessels responsible for most of the world’s industrial fishing …

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2022: A Year of Success—and Greater Promise

A wave of ocean action shows opportunities for greater transparency toward marine governance 2022 dawned with even more uncertainty than most years. With COVID-19 lingering, it was unclear if the ocean conservation and fisheries management communities could hold the international meetings necessary to kick start work that had stalled during the first two years of …

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With New Global Accessibility and Data Features, Marine Manager Raises the Bar on Ocean Monitoring

Latest release of online tool will help more people monitor and manage greater expanses of the seas In our brief but exciting history working to shed greater visibility on what’s happening on the ocean, we’ve learned that one must meet challenges with the tools at hand, even while working to perfect them. So in 2021, …

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Hotspots of Unseen Fishing Vessels Illuminate Areas of Concern for Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

New study provides first global dataset examining intentional disabling of automatic identification system devices across commercial fisheries The ocean is vast and ship crews rely on several tools to navigate it safely. One of these tools is the automatic identification system, commonly referred to as AIS, which uses GPS transponders to regularly broadcast critical information, …

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Global analysis shows where fishing vessels’ identification devices have been switched off

New research displays intentional disabling of automatic identification system devices to provide insights into illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity A new analysis harnesses automatic identification system, or AIS, data to provide information about global fishing activity, including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Originally designed as a collision avoidance tool, AIS can be intentionally disabled—sometimes …

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New Data Reveals Bottom Trawling In Protected Areas

Greater transparency needed to stop illegal fishing in the Mediterranean Members of the Med Sea Alliance, a diverse coalition of nonprofit organizations, today launched a new data atlas which, for the first-time, maps areas permanently closed to bottom trawling across the Mediterranean and investigates illegal trawling in these areas. The Atlas is an online tool …

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Global Fishing Watch welcomes partnership with Papua New Guinea to share vessel tracking data

Momentum builds as a second nation in the Pacific makes critical decision to make fishing activity data accessible and transparent  In a newly established partnership with Global Fishing Watch, Papua New Guinea has committed to sharing vessel tracking data from its Fishing Industry Association on the organization’s public map. Through this agreement, the Pacific island …

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Transparency Can Bring Forward Outcomes of International Fisheries Meeting

Committee on fisheries advances transshipment monitoring, vessel identification and tracking to fight illegal fishing International fisheries are managed through a patchwork of regulations, which present loopholes that are often exploited for financial gain, undermining collective good governance efforts. To help address this, every two years, the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture …

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In Latin America, Training Helps Governments to Discover Suspicious Behavior

Global Fishing Watch reinstates in-person training with partners to strengthen the use of technology in support of responsible ocean management Lack of available information on global and regional fishing activity is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to monitoring the ocean and understanding the true extent of humanity’s impact on the sea.  To …

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Seabirds: An Unexpected Ally in Fisheries Monitoring

An innovative research project allows scientists to see through the eyes of seabirds to understand interactions with the Peruvian anchovy fishing fleet     On any given day, you can find a wreck of seabirds soaring above the waters of Peru’s largest fishery—the anchovy—swooping down toward various fishing vessels hauling in their catch. These sentinels …

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Free and open data to inspire next wave of ocean solutions

Global Fishing Watch establishes new portal to make application programming interfaces available to public Inequitable access to data and technology in support of ocean stewardship often leads to lost opportunities in decision-making and innovation—especially in under-resourced countries.  The international community continues to fall short in its efforts to conserve and sustainably use the ocean and …

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Norway makes fishing vessel data accessible to the world

Norway to become first European nation to share its vessel tracking information on Global Fishing Watch map Lisbon, Portugal – Norway has become the first country in Europe to partner with Global Fishing Watch—an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing ocean governance through increased transparency—and will share its vessel tracking data for the Norwegian fishing fleet …

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Global Fishing Watch welcomes new international alliance to increase fisheries transparency and end illegal fishing

Canada, United Kingdom and United States launch initiative to strengthen ambition and action in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing Lisbon, Portugal – Global Fishing Watch welcomes an initiative by Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States to drive collective action and bolster global efforts to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) …

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MDA Provides Global Fishing Watch Access to RADARSAT-2 Archive to Help Combat Illegal Fishing

Illegal fishing is the planet’s 6th largest crime and poses incredible risks to the preservation and health of ocean ecosystems Lisbon, Portugal + Brampton, ON – MDA Ltd. (TSX:MDA), a leading provider of advanced technology and services to the rapidly expanding global space industry, announced today at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference a major new contribution …

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