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Sarah leads our public relations, communications and outreach, working with the team to promote our data, science and transparency program and advance our engagement and impact with partners. Sarah has worked for close to 20 years in the not-for-profit sector, most recently leading global communications and marketing for the Marine Stewardship Council. Previously, Sarah held various roles with WWF, the global conservation organization; running anti-poaching campaigns in South-east Asia and driving global conservation and policy communications from the secretariat in Switzerland. A journalist by trade, Sarah believes in the power of impactful story-telling to inspire change. Sarah is passionate about marine life, and when not glued to her keyboard she can be found practising her kayaking skills along the Welsh coast or hankering for the warmer waters of her home country, Australia.

New global atlas on using advanced technology to monitor fishing activity

Fishing vessels with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) increasing by 10 to 30 percent each year. 19 November 2019, Rome - A new global atlas – the first-ever of its kind – analyses the opportunities and challenges of using Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) to monitor fishing activity around the globe. AIS is a tracking technology [...]

By | 2019-11-19T07:10:51+00:00 November 19th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

On the frontline against illegal fishing in the world’s biggest ocean

Global Fishing Watch data assists US Coast Guard patrol in the Pacific. The 2019 patrol produced a threefold increase in vessel boardings and an eightfold increase in identified violations compared to 2018. Captain Adam Morrison has 12 years of experience patrolling the oceans of the world with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) during his [...]

By | 2019-11-15T04:56:13+00:00 November 14th, 2019|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views|

Data on global fishing activity and ocean ecosystems now available on Bloomberg Terminal

 Access to Global Fishing Watch’s data, alongside geospatial tools available on the Terminal, will increase monitoring and protection of ocean ecosystems and communities at risk from overfishing and climate change Oslo, Norway. October 24, 2019. Today at Our Ocean 2019, Bloomberg Philanthropies Chief Executive Officer Patricia E. Harris announced a new initiative between Bloomberg LP [...]

By | 2019-10-24T03:56:29+00:00 October 24th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

Panama publishes vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

Oslo, Norway. October 23, 2019. In front of world leaders gathered in Oslo, Norway for the sixth-annual Our Ocean conference, Panama announced the public release of its vessel tracking data via Global Fishing Watch (GFW). Panama’s distant water fishing fleet is now visible in GFW’s public map in near real time, for free. Panama [...]

By | 2019-10-24T03:55:51+00:00 October 23rd, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

Are unauthorized foreign vessels deterred from fishing inside Exclusive Economic Zones?

Gabriel Englander, PhD candidate, University of California, Berkeley. Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics. Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) are perhaps the largest property rights institution in the world, covering about 39% of the ocean’s surface and accounting for more than 95% of global marine fish catch. Because assigning property rights can improve both ecological [...]

By | 2019-10-07T17:07:12+00:00 October 7th, 2019|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Does iron supply play a role in wild fish?

Eric D Galbraith, professor at McGill University and associate faculty at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, shares his journey to a new paper, Growth Limitation of Marine Fish by Low Iron Availability in the Open Ocean, that harnesses Global Fishing Watch data with a healthy dose of collaboration and curiosity. The story of this [...]

By | 2019-08-29T11:16:57+00:00 August 29th, 2019|Fisheries, Research and analysis|

Sharp decline in foreign fishing boats in Indonesian waters – Global Fishing Watch analysis

Jakarta, Indonesia - The presence of foreign fishing vessels in Indonesian waters has declined significantly since a ban was enacted in November 2014 by the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, according to new analysis by Global Fishing Watch (GFW).  By analysing data from the Automatic Identification System (AIS) (1), an open source vessel [...]

By | 2019-07-29T04:37:05+00:00 July 24th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

The capture of the MV NIKA: a case of illicit fishing and a showcase for how to beat it

A notorious vessel wanted in several jurisdictions was recently seized by Indonesia. Here’s the story of how international cooperation between INTERPOL, Indonesia, the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) - UK, Korea and Panama, together with Global Fishing Watch’s vessel tracking expertise, helped make it happen. Lea esta historia en [...]

By | 2019-08-08T17:02:01+00:00 July 23rd, 2019|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, VMS transparency|

Canadian government commits funding to Global Fishing Watch

Toronto, Canada - Today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, reaffirmed the Government of Canada's commitment to combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing at the Collision Conference in Toronto. Our Government is contributing $1.2 million to Global Fishing Watch (GFW) to support the continued growth of its free, open-source mapping platform [...]

By | 2019-05-28T06:52:21+00:00 May 21st, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

Chile to publish vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

Oceana and Global Fishing Watch Applaud Chile’s Leadership on Fisheries Transparency The Chilean government today signed an agreement to make its vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map, which tracks the movements of commercial fishing* vessels in near real-time. The agreement, which was made between Chile’s National Fisheries and [...]

By | 2019-09-13T14:34:00+00:00 May 15th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

Indonesia Harus Meneruskan Kepemimpinan Transparansi Kelautan

Jakarta, Indonesia – Menjelang debat calon presiden kedua minggu ini, organisasi internasional, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) menyerukan kepada para calon presiden untuk berkomitmen meningkatkan transparansi dalam pengelolaan sektor kelautan dan perikanan agar angka penangkapan ikan ilegal dapat ditekan dan manfaat sektor ini dapat dinikmati oleh rakyat Indonesia. Pada tanggal 17 Februari 2019, Komisi Pemilihan Umum [...]

By | 2019-02-14T09:11:02+00:00 February 14th, 2019|Press Release, translation|

Indonesia must continue marine transparency leadership

Jakarta, Indonesia - Ahead of the presidential election debate, the international non-profit organisation, Global Fishing Watch, calls on presidential candidates to commit to transparency in the management of the marine and fisheries sector, in order to fight illegal fishing and ensure the benefits of well-managed marine resources can be enjoyed by the Indonesian people. On [...]

By | 2019-02-14T09:27:02+00:00 February 14th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release, VMS transparency|

New Data And Analysis Cell To Help Combat Illegal Fishing

Global Fishing Watch bolsters intelligence and analysis capabilities to support global efforts to improve transparency and marine governance. Global Fishing Watch (GFW), with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, today launched a new Data and Analysis Cell, with the appointment of Charles Kilgour to lead the new unit within the organisation. The announcement follows GFW’s [...]

By | 2019-02-14T03:20:07+00:00 February 14th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Antha Williams talks transparency

How do you see Global Fishing Watch (GFW) supporting Bloomberg’s Vibrant Oceans Initiative? Until Global Fishing Watch was launched, the world was relying on an inefficient, patchy network of antiquated, siloed, and proprietary data systems to monitor fishing activity around the world. The GFW system is the world’s first view of global fishing activity [...]

The Tale of the Albatross and the Algorithm

The first-ever satellite mapping of fishing vessel behaviours has identified that very few vessels are using one of the key techniques to avoid accidentally killing albatrosses. Researchers hope a new analytics tool demonstrates that satellite data can help monitor efforts to reduce seabird mortality in fishing operations, and drive more transparency in general in the global fishing [...]

By | 2019-01-28T04:19:27+00:00 January 28th, 2019|Impacts, Partner, Policy & Compliance, Research and analysis|
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