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About Tony Long

As CEO, Tony heads up a team of talented people to guide Global Fishing Watch to achieve its vision. His background is built on a naval career of almost three decades in which he developed expertise in maritime surveillance, maritime policy and international relations. He taught at the Defence Academy and served at the Joint Forces Headquarters. He has an MA in Defence Studies from King College London.

For better or worse, technology is taming the high seas

Ahead of World Oceans Day 2019, Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch CEO, reflects on how a technology revolution is transforming our relationship with the global ocean, enabling us to see what’s happening beyond the horizon as never before, and unleashing a new realm of marine science. Good news for people and planet – as [...]

By | 2019-06-04T08:52:34+00:00 June 4th, 2019|Impacts, News & Views, VMS transparency|

Global Fishing Watch 2018 – the year in transparency

After just over a year at the helm, Global Fishing Watch CEO, Tony Long, reflects on how a freely accessible and near real-time digital map of the global ocean is exposing illegal fishing and changing the rules of the game, and calls on all governments to contribute data and join the movement for universal [...]

Canada takes aim at illegal fishing as momentum grows for global ocean action

Last week, G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministers convened in Halifax, on Canada’s rugged Atlantic coast, to tackle some of the most pressing threats facing our planet. The ministers were tasked with advancing climate action, addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and other drivers of overfishing, cutting plastic pollution in our ocean, and [...]

By | 2019-08-02T14:21:57+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views|

How satellite data and artificial intelligence are putting a spotlight on our blue planet

Tony Long, CEO, Global Fishing Watch Imagine being told that a vital and valuable resource, found in an area covering almost half the surface of the Earth, was being extracted, with barely any control, by just a handful of wealthy nations. It would hardly sound fair, but that is the reality of [...]

By | 2019-08-31T14:54:43+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views|

Data sharing key to building the transparency needed to assess and respond to ocean risk

Global Fishing Watch discusses the use of technology at the first ever Ocean Risk Summit, Bermuda 8-10th May Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch I was very pleased to be invited to the first ever Ocean Risk Summit in Bermuda last week. Re-insurer XL Catlin gathered leaders from across the political, economic, environmental and [...]

By | 2018-07-26T12:37:04+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Data and technology, Fisheries|

Investigation into seized toothfish vessel highlights need for transparency

Tony Long, CEO Global Fishing Watch I’ve followed with interest the recent interception by the Indonesian navy of the F/V STS-50, a stateless toothfish fishing vessel carrying 600 illegal gillnets. The F/V STS-50 is a known Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish poacher that has operated under a number of different names and flags. It [...]

By | 2019-08-31T19:21:28+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Impacts|

Tackling Unknowns to Advance Ocean Sustainability

Furthering innovation and collaboration is at the heart of Global Fishing Watch’s mission to advance responsible stewardship of our oceans through increased transparency. Tony Long, CEO Global Fishing Watch Our Research Partners program, an interdisciplinary collaboration with some of the world’s leading marine science institutes, strives to improve fisheries management and science via [...]

By | 2019-09-10T13:42:16+00:00 March 16th, 2018|News & Views|

A Word From Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch’s New CEO

In early June of this year, at the first United Nations Ocean Conference, something unprecedented happened in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Convinced by the Global Fishing Watch vision of increasing transparency on the world’s oceans, the government of Indonesia turned its proprietary vessel monitoring system [...]

By | 2019-08-02T14:17:39+00:00 September 12th, 2017|News & Views|