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Emerging technology gives first ever global view of hidden vessels

Satellite radar and machine learning publicly reveal previously unseen vessel activity around the world Washington, D.C. – Global Fishing Watch has developed and publicly released the first ever global map of previously undetected dark fleets, or vessels that do not broadcast their location or appear in public monitoring systems. Powered by satellite radar imagery and …

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New collaboration establishes Joint Analytical Cell in major step forward for fisheries monitoring and enforcement

International organizations aim to transform global ocean governance by enabling access to data, technology and analytics at scale A new collaboration aims to boost equitable access to vital fisheries intelligence, data analysis and capacity building assistance to help developing maritime States combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Founded by the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance …

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Canada Recognizes Need for Strong and Consistent Transshipment Measures

Key ocean nation outlines how voluntary guidelines can set a clear policy framework for enhanced regulation, monitoring and control of at-sea transfer of fishing catch Fishing is a crucial part of life for people throughout the world and the industry contributes to the food security, economic prosperity and cultural identity of many people, including communities …

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Satellite Data Casts Light on Seamounts at Risk

Emerging tools and datasets help quantify fishing pressure and can inform management at remote, unmonitored seamounts Seamounts—large underwater mountains— hold vital biological diversity, but they also contend with heavy exploitation. Numbering in the tens of thousands across vast stretches of the high seas, they have been favored targets for longline and deepwater trawl vessels. And …

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New report: How liberating ocean data will equip companies to avoid illegally caught seafood in their supply chains

Geneva, Switzerland, 29 April 2022 – A report published today sets out how ocean data transparency can enable companies throughout seafood supply chains to avoid produce from illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing The report, ‘Assessing Seafood Supply Chains: New Public-Private Partnership Will Support Companies in Assessing IUU Fishing Risks Using Vessel Data’, is part …

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Torch Passed to Panama for Major Ocean Conference

H.E. Mr. Milciades Concepción Lopez, Minister of Environment, Republic of Panama With the global ocean under unprecedented pressure from overfishing, climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction, this week leaders in government, business, and civil society gathered in Koror, Palau for the Our Ocean Conference, one of the world’s leading forums to rally international support for …

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Recent Study Shows How Satellite Technology Can Help Track Illegal Fishing Throughout the Pacific Region

Enhanced transshipment monitoring is key in reducing illegal catch Tuna fisheries are vital to livelihoods, economies and cultures across the Pacific Islands region. Producing over half of the global catch—a portion estimated at $26 billion per year—the Pacific is home to the world’s most productive tuna fisheries. Ensuring the sustainability of these tuna fisheries is …

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Monitoring is Key for the Future of Guyana’s Marine Environment

Global Fishing Watch tools offer a chance for balance where oil and ecosystems cross paths For centuries, the numerous rivers and creeks that make their way to the Atlantic have acted as roads in the everyday lives of Guyana’s Indigenous communities, and avenues for economic activities on Guyana’s coast. The ocean has historically and culturally …

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Winners Announced for xView3 Challenge to Fight Illegal Fishing

Cutting-edge computer vision algorithms combined with synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite imagery hold the future in the detection and defeat of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing January 31, 2022–Mountain View, Calif–The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and Global Fishing Watch (GFW) today announced the five winners of xView3, a competition to find the best open-source algorithm to …

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On the High Seas, Global Fishing Watch Helps Focus Law Enforcement Patrols

Annual international collaboration Operation North Pacific Guard targets illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing   For three years, Global Fishing Watch has worked with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and their partners in addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the North Pacific as part of Operation …

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Mapping a New World

Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch’s chief executive officer, finds cause for gravity but also hope as we look to the Decade of Ocean Science and a growing consensus that our future—and the course ahead for ocean conservation—should be powered by waves of data, shared and open to all   We wish the news were better, …

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Time to Lift the Veil on Human Rights Abuses in Global Fisheries

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency sees an important link between ethical treatment of workers and sustainable fishing and is taking action to address both   The 2021 Human Rights Day focuses on reducing inequalities and advancing human rights. This work is vital in the fisheries sector, where we know that significant abuses occur, and …

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Updated Marine Manager Portal Gives More Diverse and Dynamic Tools for Ocean Management

Researchers can now compare levels of human activity over time to better fathom human behavior and impacts of management on marine ecosystems Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an important tool for safeguarding fragile ecosystems, endemic species and fish stocks throughout our global ocean. A growing number of countries around the world, with Chile as a …

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Transparency in Fisheries is Essential to Ocean Resilience

Despite the complexities of climate change, a simple message resonates: all systems are linked, and the ocean is a key solution A resilient ocean is key to addressing climate change. Our shared waters are primary atmospheric drivers through temperature regulation, carbon absorption, oxygen production and influence on rainfall. The well-being of people and planet cannot …

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is a Powerful Forum for Boosting Transparency to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

APEC members share marine resources across a single ocean basin. Ensuring sustainable exploitation and trade is a shared concern. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, is an intergovernmental forum for 21 member economies in the Pacific Rim that promotes free trade throughout the Asia Pacific region. The APEC grouping brings together members ranging from the …

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