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In Latin America, Training Helps Governments to Discover Suspicious Behavior

Global Fishing Watch reinstates in-person training with partners to strengthen the use of technology in support of responsible ocean management Lack of available information on global and regional fishing activity is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to monitoring the ocean and understanding the true extent of humanity’s impact on the sea.  To …

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Free and open data to inspire next wave of ocean solutions

Global Fishing Watch establishes new portal to make application programming interfaces available to public Inequitable access to data and technology in support of ocean stewardship often leads to lost opportunities in decision-making and innovation—especially in under-resourced countries.  The international community continues to fall short in its efforts to conserve and sustainably use the ocean and …

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MDA Provides Global Fishing Watch Access to RADARSAT-2 Archive to Help Combat Illegal Fishing

Illegal fishing is the planet’s 6th largest crime and poses incredible risks to the preservation and health of ocean ecosystems Lisbon, Portugal + Brampton, ON – MDA Ltd. (TSX:MDA), a leading provider of advanced technology and services to the rapidly expanding global space industry, announced today at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference a major new contribution …

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Emerging technology gives first ever global view of hidden vessels

Satellite radar and machine learning publicly reveal previously unseen vessel activity around the world Washington, D.C. – Global Fishing Watch has developed and publicly released the first ever global map of previously undetected dark fleets, or vessels that do not broadcast their location or appear in public monitoring systems. Powered by satellite radar imagery and …

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Satellite Technology Can Reveal Collision Risks for Whale Sharks

Global Fishing Watch data helps researchers link shipping traffic to whale shark fatalities The whale shark is the world’s largest fish, with adults weighing up to 5,000 pounds and reaching up to 20 meters in length. Earning the reputation of “gentle giant,” these massive creatures roam the tropical waters of the ocean, traveling long distances …

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Global Fishing Watch welcomes partnership with Benin to combat illegal fishing

Collaboration on open data and technology to bolster maritime surveillance in West Africa A new partnership agreement between Benin and Global Fishing Watch aims to strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing activities within the waters of the West African State. Under the memorandum of understanding, Global Fishing Watch will provide technical support, including fisheries …

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New Techniques Reveal Fishing Vessel Identities in the Dark of Night

New Global Fishing Watch technology merges nighttime images with GPS datasets to observe vessels not broadcasting their positions When the sun sets, human activity on the ocean goes on. And every night, satellites snap a picture of all the activity taking place down below, including vessels at sea. Vessels often are equipped with bright lights …

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Recent Study Shows How Satellite Technology Can Help Track Illegal Fishing Throughout the Pacific Region

Enhanced transshipment monitoring is key in reducing illegal catch Tuna fisheries are vital to livelihoods, economies and cultures across the Pacific Islands region. Producing over half of the global catch—a portion estimated at $26 billion per year—the Pacific is home to the world’s most productive tuna fisheries. Ensuring the sustainability of these tuna fisheries is …

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Winners Announced for xView3 Challenge to Fight Illegal Fishing

Cutting-edge computer vision algorithms combined with synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite imagery hold the future in the detection and defeat of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing January 31, 2022–Mountain View, Calif–The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and Global Fishing Watch (GFW) today announced the five winners of xView3, a competition to find the best open-source algorithm to …

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On the High Seas, Global Fishing Watch Helps Focus Law Enforcement Patrols

Annual international collaboration Operation North Pacific Guard targets illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing   For three years, Global Fishing Watch has worked with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and their partners in addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the North Pacific as part of Operation …

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Mapping a New World

Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch’s chief executive officer, finds cause for gravity but also hope as we look to the Decade of Ocean Science and a growing consensus that our future—and the course ahead for ocean conservation—should be powered by waves of data, shared and open to all   We wish the news were better, …

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Updated Marine Manager Portal Gives More Diverse and Dynamic Tools for Ocean Management

Researchers can now compare levels of human activity over time to better fathom human behavior and impacts of management on marine ecosystems Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an important tool for safeguarding fragile ecosystems, endemic species and fish stocks throughout our global ocean. A growing number of countries around the world, with Chile as a …

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New Technology to Help Tackle Illegal Fishing by Alerting Insurers to Risk

Global Fishing Watch, Trygg Mat Tracking, Oceana, Ocean Unite and the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance are partnering to create a risk assessment tool to help insurers identify vessels at risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing Data-powered tool will help prevent vessels at high risk of involvement in IUU fishing operations from accessing …

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African Nations to Use New Technology in Tightening Port Controls, Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Data

Pilot project delivers new vessel tracking technology and analysis where limited resources hamper detection and enforcement efforts Dakar, Senegal – Four African nations and a regional fisheries organization are harnessing new technology to strengthen port controls and combat illegal fishing. The international nonprofits, Global Fishing Watch and Trygg Mat Tracking are partnering with Senegal, Ghana, …

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