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Our Data in Earth Engine

Today, with our publication in Science, we are releasing fishing effort data for 2012 to 2016. One of the ways we are releasing it is through Google’s Earth Engine. There is a bit of a steep learning curve on Earth Engine – you have to be able to code in JavaScript or Python. But once [...]

By | 2019-04-12T16:44:39-04:00 February 22nd, 2018|Data blog|

Our Data in BigQuery

Today, with our publication in Science, we are releasing fishing effort data for 2012 to 2016. One of the ways we are releasing it is through Google’s BigQuery. If you have not used BigQuery, vist here and click on try it free to get started. You can query up to one terabyte per month for no charge, which [...]

By | 2020-04-22T12:47:17-04:00 February 22nd, 2018|Data blog|

AIS Coverage – Data Coming Soon

Along with the recent release of our fishing effort data, we are also releasing information on how good AIS coverage is for different parts of the world. That is, in some parts of the ocean, an AIS signal sent by a vessel is very likely to be in our database, and in others, it is less [...]

By | 2020-11-30T11:14:23-05:00 February 21st, 2018|Data blog|

Global Anchorage Database

Today Global Fishing Watch releases the first version of our global database of anchorages. This database contains over 100,000 locations where AIS transmitting vessels congregated and includes large industrial ports, smaller fishing harbors, and individual docks and piers. For more information regarding the development of this dataset, ways in which you can contribute to [...]

By | 2019-04-12T12:04:52-04:00 December 3rd, 2017|Data blog|

Temporal Footprint of Transshipment

Based on a lengthly review of refrigerated cargo vessels, we have just updated our transshipment data. You can read about the update here or download the slightly updated report and data here. The overall story of transshipments, as Nate notes in this post, is unchanged. This is a very rich dataset, giving the time and duration of thousands [...]

By | 2019-08-31T14:03:16-04:00 August 18th, 2017|Data blog|

Fishing localization using the vessel-scoring library

We published a logistic regression model for fishing localization a while a go as a python library built on top of scikit-learn. In this blog-post I’ll give you a quick introduction to how it can be used. The data we’re going to use is an AIS track exported from Google’s BigQuery, containing the columns timestamp (seconds since epoch), course (degrees) [...]

By | 2019-04-12T11:53:58-04:00 June 2nd, 2017|Data blog|

Transshipment Data and Report

Today we published our initial research on transshipment at sea. Transshipment at sea is where a fishing vessel offloads its catch to a refrigerated cargo vessel (or “reefer”) far from port. You can download a copy of our report via this link. The image above was created by our data scientist Nate Miller, who has [...]

By | 2020-10-15T14:51:21-04:00 February 22nd, 2017|Data blog|

Updated Fishing Lists – Version 0.2

For the first release of Global Fishing Watch, we included only vessels that had more than 1000 positions in a given year, and broadcast their identity as fishing vessels 100 percent of the time in their AIS identity messages. The list of these mmsi can be seen here. However, many vessels have fewer than 1000 position [...]

By | 2019-04-27T16:48:12-04:00 December 22nd, 2016|Data blog|

Web Visualization at Scale

Background One of the main outputs of the Global Fishing Watch project is the interactive map of global fishing. This map presented some particular challenges to implement. This blog post is about these challenges and our solutions to them. Vessel tracks are derived from time series data, that is, ordered points, each of which each [...]

By | 2019-05-30T21:44:24-04:00 December 21st, 2016|Data blog|

Example of AIS Data for One Vessel Nov 1, 2016

The sample vessel track below shows position broadcasts of the Jin Sheng No.2, a Chinese fishing vessel with mmsi number 413270430. Over three weeks in March of 2015, this vessel steamed from the central Pacific to the coast of Japan, Korea, and China. While moving, a vessel broadcasts its position via AIS every 2 [...]

By | 2019-04-12T11:48:41-04:00 November 1st, 2016|Data blog|
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