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What are loitering events in the carrier vessel portal?

Loitering is when a single vessel exhibits behavior indicative of a potential encounter event. Loitering is also estimated using AIS data, including vessel speed, duration in a given location, and distance from shore.  Loitering occurs when a carrier vessel travels at average speed of < 2 knots, while at least an average of 20 nautical [...]

By | 2020-07-27T14:39:24-04:00 July 27th, 2020|

How are port visits in the carrier vessel portal defined?

Ports in the portal are based upon the Global Fishing Watch anchorages dataset, a global database of anchorage locations where vessels congregate. The dataset contains over 160,000 individual anchorage locations, which are further grouped into nearly 32,000 ports. A vessel is considered to have visited a port when within three kilometers of an anchorage location [...]

By | 2020-07-27T14:39:01-04:00 July 27th, 2020|

Who will benefit from the carrier vessel portal?

This global, public database and monitoring portal of carrier vessels involved in transshipment to help arm relevant authorities - from fishery managers to policymakers - with the information and evidence needed to strengthen transparency and accelerate transshipment policy reform, notably within the five global tuna regional fisheries management organizations where policy action has historically been [...]

By | 2020-07-27T14:38:45-04:00 July 27th, 2020|

Peruvian Fisheries Experience Massive Decline in Activity from COVID-19

One of world's biggest fishing nations faces economic setbacks, turns to artisanal fleet for food security This is the second blog in a series on the effects of COVID-19 on global fishing activity. Read our initial analysis of changes in global fishing activity during the pandemic here. According to the Global Fishing Watch database, [...]

By | 2020-06-15T10:11:48-04:00 June 12th, 2020|Policy & Compliance, Fisheries, News & Views|

Life Below Water: Transparency and Innovation will Help Build Ocean Resilience

Meaningful ocean action is needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14, says United Nations Ambassador Ambassador Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, addresses the importance of transparency and technology to achieve SDG-14. The world is at a standstill. Over the last few months, COVID-19 has challenged health systems, [...]

By | 2020-09-10T11:09:29-04:00 June 8th, 2020|Policy & Compliance, News & Views|

AIS ship tracking data shows false vessel tracks circling above Point Reyes, near San Francisco

Analysis from SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch shows ship tracks jumping thousands of miles from their true locations.  Bjorn Bergman works with SkyTruth and with the Global Fishing Watch research team to track vessels broadcasting false automatic identification system (AIS) locations and to investigate new sources of satellite data for vessel tracking and for [...]

By | 2020-05-26T16:37:17-04:00 May 26th, 2020|Data and technology, Data blog|

Life Below Water: Prioritizing safe and decent working conditions for fishers and fisheries observers

Two months ago, the death of fisheries observer Eritara Aati Kaierua was reported in Pacific waters, leading to an ongoing murder investigation. For many people, the idea of a murder taking place on board a confined fishing vessel out at sea seems inconceivable, but for those that know the fisheries sector well, it is [...]

By | 2020-05-06T12:58:09-04:00 May 6th, 2020|Policy & Compliance, Fisheries, News & Views|

Fisheries Management in the Face of Climate Change

Elena Ojea, senior researcher, University of Vigo Elena Ojea is a senior researcher at the University of Vigo where she founded the Future Oceans Lab, a Vigo-based research group on marine systems and climate change. Dr. Ojea holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Economics, and was a [...]

By | 2020-04-22T09:01:31-04:00 April 21st, 2020|Partner, Research and analysis|

Life Below Water: Ensuring sustainable consumption and production of seafood

Large scale, commercial fishing activity has often historically taken place out of sight - fishing grounds far from shore make them difficult and costly to monitor, jurisdiction considerations impede governance and a patchwork of regulations have not kept pace with advances in fishing technologies. As our global seafood consumption has increased, so has the [...]

By | 2020-04-21T12:26:27-04:00 April 21st, 2020|Policy & Compliance, Fisheries, News & Views|

A conversation with NOAA researchers Heather Welch and Dr. Elliott Hazen

A key goal of Global Fishing Watch is to partner with leading researchers who can help us better understand, apply, and expand the usefulness of our data for fisheries transparency. To date, we have partnered with over 12 academic institutions, as well as several government fisheries research agencies, such as Japan’s Fisheries Research Agency. [...]

By | 2020-03-25T13:41:30-04:00 March 25th, 2020|Partner|

New data download portal

Global Fishing Watch is excited to announce the launch of our data download portal, a new system for accessing our data. This platform is designed to provide a more streamlined, flexible, and customizable approach to downloading our data, with the goal of facilitating more frequent data updates moving forward. The portal will be used [...]

By | 2020-03-25T12:10:56-04:00 March 25th, 2020|Data blog|

Towards a radar-illuminated ocean

At Global Fishing Watch, we use cutting-edge technology to visualize, track and share data about global fishing activity in near real-time and for free. Our primary dataset comes from data about a vessel’s identity, type, location, speed, direction and more that is broadcast using the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and collected via satellites and [...]

By | 2020-03-23T08:24:41-04:00 March 18th, 2020|Research and analysis, Data and technology, Data blog, News & Views|

Mendeteksi Aktivitas Perikanan Gelap di Laut Natuna Utara

Pada tanggal 1 Maret 2020, otoritas penegakan hukum Indonesia menangkap lima kapal ikan Vietnam yang menangkap ikan secara ilegal di Laut Natuna Utara di sebelah barat daya Kepulauan Natuna yang berbatasan dengan Laut Cina Selatan. Keberhasilan operasi yang dilakukan oleh armada kapal-kapal patroli milik Direktorat Jenderal Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikanan (PSDKP), Kementerian [...]

By | 2020-03-13T19:59:16-04:00 March 13th, 2020|translation, transparansi|

Shedding a light on intruders at sea

Dyhia is a Principal Investigator of Fisheries at Ecotrust Canada. The social, economic, and human toll of illegal fishing Illegal fishing drains fish resources from the waters of both poor and rich countries. Over $23 billion US are lost every year to illegal fishing. It is estimated that one in every four [...]

By | 2020-03-11T12:12:56-04:00 March 11th, 2020|Partner, Research and analysis|

Life Below Water: Sustainable fisheries and gender equality

Ghanaian woman works on a fish market in Ghana. Anton_Ivanov / In West Africa, fishing, fish processing and fish selling are all part of life for many women. Roughly 6.7 million people directly depend on fisheries in the region, which have a landed value of 3.5 billion USD per year. Across [...]

By | 2020-03-05T11:41:55-05:00 March 8th, 2020|Policy & Compliance, News & Views, VMS transparency|
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