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About Sarah Bladen

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.

Media kit: Illuminating Dark Fishing Fleets in North Korea

On 22 July 2020, the journal, Science Advances published our ground-breaking study, Illuminating Dark Fishing Fleets in North Korea, revealing the largest known case of illegal fishing perpetrated by vessels originating from one country operating in another nation’s waters.  Communications materials Press release: Report Exposes Rampant Illegal Fishing in North Korean Waters Paper: Illuminating [...]

By | 2020-07-23T07:22:00-04:00 July 22nd, 2020|News & Views, Press Release|

International Cooperation Uncovers Large-Scale Illegal Fishing, Highlights Need for More Multinational Efforts

Experts from four countries joined forces to find out the real cause behind drastic decline in squid catch   Jaeyoon Park, senior data scientist and study co-lead, Global Fishing Watch  A Global Fishing Watch-led study uncovers what is possibly the largest ever documented case of illegal fishing by vessels originating from one country [...]

Report Exposes Rampant Illegal Fishing in North Korean Waters

Ground-breaking study reveals hundreds of vessels fishing illegally in one of the world’s most contested ocean regions, contravening United Nations sanctions and fuelling overfishing Washington, D.C. - A new study published today in the journal, Science Advances reveals widespread illegal fishing by dark fleets — vessels that do not publicly broadcast their location or [...]

By | 2020-07-23T07:22:40-04:00 July 22nd, 2020|News & Views, Press Release|

New Technology Unveils Massive Illegal Fishing by Dark Fleets in North Korea, What Next?

International collaboration and new technology shows unprecedented picture of fishing activity in North Korea, calls nations to take action By Jaeyoon Park, senior data scientist at Global Fishing Watch and David Kroodsma, director of research and innovation at Global Fishing Watch.  In the 30th issue of Science Advances Global Fishing Watch, along with 13 [...]

Illegal Fishing Hotspot Identified in Northwest Indian Ocean

Nearly 200 Iranian vessels detected in Somali and Yemeni waters represent one of the world’s largest illegal fishing operations. By Charles Kilgour, director of fisheries analysis, Global Fishing Watch and Duncan Copeland, executive director, Trygg Mat Tracking  Global Fishing Watch (GFW) and Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT) have been working with partners in the Northwest [...]

Illuminating global fishing activity with satellite AIS

This article was produced and first published by our data partner, Spire Global. Transparency in a whole new light In February this year, a Vietnamese ship entered Indonesian waters, likely fished illegally, and then returned to port without consequence. By March, it was back at sea. There were no signs to indicate that the [...]

New partnership aims to build a better understanding of the ocean

Paul Woods Mogens L. Mathiesen Paul Woods, Chief Innovation Officer with Global Fishing Watch and Mogens L. Mathiesen, SVP, Head of Strategy and Partnerships with Ocean Data Foundation share their ambition on Earth Day (April 22) for a new partnership to harness the current explosion in new data and technology [...]

By | 2020-04-22T04:12:04-04:00 April 22nd, 2020|Data and technology, News & Views|

Detecting dark fishing activity in the North Natuna Sea

On March 1st 2020, Indonesian authorities seized five Vietnamese vessels fishing illegally in the North Natuna Sea, located south west of Indonesia’s Natuna Islands, which borders the South China Sea. The successful operation was conducted by patrol vessels from the Indonesian Directorate General (DG) of Surveillance (PSDKP) of The Ministry of Marine Affairs and [...]

By | 2020-03-13T05:57:42-04:00 March 13th, 2020|Data and technology, Fisheries, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

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 | 2020-10-27T18:32:15-04:00 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 | 2020-02-06T18:02:42-05:00 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 | 2019-10-24T03:56:29-04:00 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 | 2019-10-24T03:55:51-04:00 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 | 2020-10-27T17:18:22-04:00 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 | 2019-08-29T11:16:57-04:00 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 | 2020-04-22T12:45:01-04:00 July 24th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|
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