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Women in Maritime Africa – South Africa and Global Fishing Watch Establish Program to Build Capacity for Women in the Maritime Sector

New initiative aims to equip women with skills for work in monitoring, control and surveillance Women in Maritime Africa, South Africa chapter (WIMA-SA), and Global Fishing Watch (GFW) have joined forces in a partnership that seeks to develop technical skills for women in the maritime sector. The collaboration will establish a training program specifically [...]

By | 2020-10-15T13:34:06-04:00 August 25th, 2020|Press Release, News & Views|

Innovation in Fisheries Management Requires Collaboration between Academia and Technology

National Taiwan Ocean University joins forces with Global Fishing Watch to utilize information sharing in the fight against illegal fishing Dr. William Hsu is the Director of the Advanced Computation Laboratory of National Taiwan Ocean University. In October 2015 the European Union executive branch - the European Commission (EC) -  issued a [...]

By | 2020-08-13T09:13:50-04:00 August 13th, 2020|Impacts, Research and analysis|

Seafood Sector Can Benefit from Fisheries Transparency

Ocean stewardship begins with sharing information, requires courage and leadership Martin Exel, managing director of Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS), speaks on the importance of the seafood industry's role in promoting transparency and sustainability.  Information sharing has the ability to transform fisheries governance. Through increased transparency and cutting-edge technology and analysis, [...]

By | 2020-08-03T18:04:06-04:00 August 4th, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views|

Costa Rica and Global Fishing Watch Sign Agreement to Give Greater Transparency to Fishing Activity

Global Fishing Watch, PACÍFICO and the Forever Costa Rica Association applaud Costa Rica’s decision to share vessel tracking data and its commitment to enhancing monitoring and control of its waters San José, Costa Rica - The Costa Rican government today announced an agreement to make its vessel tracking data available through Global Fishing Watch [...]

By | 2020-10-15T13:32:56-04:00 July 29th, 2020|Press Release, News & Views|

Global Fishing Watch and Pew Unveil Technology to Accelerate Transshipment Reform

Public interactive portal to help increase understanding and transparency of carrier vessels and their activities. Washington, D.C. — Global Fishing Watch launched a public web portal today that policymakers and fishery managers can use to better understand the activities of vessels that take on catch from commercial fishing vessels and deliver it to ports [...]

By | 2020-07-28T08:39:07-04:00 July 28th, 2020|Press Release, News & Views|

Transshipment Monitoring Portal Brings Transparency to Fishing Industry

NGO collaboration will help fishery managers ensure transfer of catch is both legal and verifiable The transfer of fresh catch from fishing vessels to refrigerated cargo ships is an important but often opaque part of the industrial fishing sector. A new public global monitoring portal is a turning point in efforts to manage this [...]

By | 2020-07-28T08:40:22-04:00 July 28th, 2020|News & Views|

What is a carrier vessel?

A carrier vessel is a type of vessel used to transport fish, supplies, and crew to and from fishing vessels, allowing fishing vessels to stay out at sea for longer periods of time. A carrier vessel can receive catch, or ‘tranship’, from one or more fishing vessels at sea or in port and then offload [...]

By | 2020-07-27T14:41:40-04:00 July 27th, 2020|

What data is used to create the carrier vessel portal?

  The data in the portal is created using automatic identification system (AIS) data. AIS transmits a ship’s position so that others can be made aware of its location and avoid potential collision. AIS transmits a ship’s location, speed, direction, and identity information, such as a vessel’s name and flag. Global Fishing Watch uses AIS [...]

By | 2020-07-27T14:41:24-04:00 July 27th, 2020|

What is a regional fisheries management organization?

Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) manage fisheries beyond national jurisdictions. RFMOs are composed of flag States, coastal States, and port States that surround the boundaries of the RFMO’s jurisdiction or have vessels involved in activity within that jurisdiction. There are five RFMOs that focus on the management and conservation of tuna species. They are: Commission [...]

By | 2020-07-27T14:40:32-04:00 July 27th, 2020|

How is the authorization data in the carrier vessel portal identified?

The authorization data is retrieved from public sources regarding both current and historic registration of vessels to the five main tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) : Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) Inter-American-Tropical-Tuna Commission (IATTC) International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Western Central [...]

By | 2020-10-15T15:47:38-04:00 July 27th, 2020|

What are the main carrier vessel portal functions?

The portal provides greater transparency into the activities of carrier vessels, their authorizations, the regions and ports they most frequent and, to the greatest extent possible, insight into the interactions between fishing vessels and carrier vessel fleets. The portal provides users with the ability to access information or conduct activities such as: View a comprehensively [...]

By | 2020-07-27T14:40:01-04:00 July 27th, 2020|

What is an encounter in the carrier vessel portal?

Encounters may indicate potential transshipment activity between two vessels that both appear on AIS. Encounters are estimated using AIS data, including distance between the two vessels, vessel speeds, and duration in a given area.  An encounter is defined as when two vessels, a carrier vessel and encountered fishing vessel, are detected on AIS data as [...]

By | 2020-07-27T14:39:41-04:00 July 27th, 2020|
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