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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.

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|

How Oceana used Global Fishing Watch data to promote transparency at sea during 2018

With increased transparency, we can see beyond the horizon and address the threats facing our oceans. Global Fishing Watch’s (GFW) mapping platform increases the transparency of commercial fishing activities worldwide, empowering Oceana and others to expose problems that were once out of sight, far from our coasts. Oceana analysts, part of Oceana’s Illegal Fishing [...]

By | 2018-12-18T12:50:11+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Data and technology, Fisheries, Impacts, Map, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Global Fishing Watch and U.S. Coast Guard look to advance research on illegal fishing

Global Fishing Watch is teaming up with the United States Coast Guard Research & Development Center (CG RDC) to conduct research on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and share analysis to advance global efforts to improve fisheries management. Global Fishing Watch and CG RDC are exploring pathways to collaborate on relevant research activities, [...]

By | 2018-12-11T05:41:42+00:00 December 11th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

Oil rigs alive: marine life abounds in unlikely places

Amber Jackson, Blue Latitudes There comes a time when the useful life of an oil platform comes to an end, at least when it comes to drilling for oil, and that’s when we dive in. Blue Latitudes, founded by Emily Hazelwood and myself, is a women-owned environmental consulting firm on a mission [...]

By | 2018-12-07T07:41:16+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Impacts, Research and analysis|

New partnership to strengthen transparency in fisheries in the Eastern Tropical Pacific

San José, Costa Rica -The global non-profit organisation, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) and PACÍFICO, a coordination platform comprised of four environmental funds in Central and Latin America, have entered into a formal collaboration with the objective to support Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama in their efforts to advance transparency and monitoring of fishing activity. [...]

By | 2019-09-17T13:41:51+00:00 October 11th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

Canadian government declares support for Global Fishing Watch

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, has made a formal statement of support for the work of Global Fishing Watch. The announcement was made during the the second day of the G7 ministerial meeting on the theme of Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, which [...]

By | 2018-09-20T13:40:03+00:00 September 20th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

New research partnership to investigate illegal fishing in the North Pacific Ocean

Tokyo, Japan. 13 September 2018 - The Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA) has entered into a formal collaboration with the global non-profit organisation, Global Fishing Watch, and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong to investigate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and strengthen [...]

By | 2019-09-17T13:45:53+00:00 September 13th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

Global Fishing Watch brinda capacitación a personal del Ministerio de la Producción de Perú

Con mucha satisfacción logramos completar un curso de capacitación de tres días con personal de la Dirección de Supervision y Fiscalizacion en el Ministerio de la Producción de Perú. La sesión, llevada a cabo este mes de agosto en la ciudad de Lima, fue una gran oportunidad para compartir los últimos avances de la [...]

By | 2019-09-24T14:19:39+00:00 August 17th, 2018|translation|

Global Fishing Watch provides training to Peru’s vessel surveillance group

We were very pleased to complete a three day training session this month in Lima with the Peruvian Ministry of Production’s vessel surveillance division. It was an opportunity for us to share the latest developments on the Global Fishing Watch mapping platform and to get expert feedback from professionals in Peru’s fisheries sector. Since [...]

By | 2019-09-24T14:20:48+00:00 August 15th, 2018|News & Views, VMS transparency|

Multimedia assets: Close encounters of the fishy kind

New data reveals suspected vessel rendezvous at sea and sheds light on the ‘dark’ fleet Global Fishing Watch (GFW) has increased ocean transparency by releasing the first-ever ‘live’ global view of likely transshipping at sea — a practice that can mask illegal fishing activity, and imagery of night-time fishing and its location, exposing vessels [...]

By | 2019-08-28T17:52:28+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Media Kit, Press Release|

Close encounters of the fishy kind

New data reveals suspected vessel rendezvous at sea and sheds light on the ‘dark’ fleet To mark World Oceans Day, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) has increased ocean transparency by releasing the first-ever ‘live’ global view of likely transshipping at sea — a practice that can mask illegal fishing activity, and imagery of night-time fishing [...]

By | 2019-08-02T14:38:58+00:00 June 8th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

Satellite tracking shows the economics of much high seas fishing does not add up

Kristina M. Gjerde,  Senior High Seas Advisor. IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme As the countdown continues to September’s historic first round of United Nations treaty talks on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity  in the high seas, science and technology are shedding increasingly compelling light on what is currently [...]

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