Fisheries

Latin America Highlights Transparency as Essential in Tackling Illegal Fishing

Countries embrace transparency-based strategy to promote fair and effective ocean governance The 34th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Committee on Fisheries (COFI 34) was held virtually last week. Front and center of the agenda was the need to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, a practice which [...]

By | 2021-02-11T18:31:05-05:00 February 8th, 2021|Fisheries, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

A 2020 Analysis: Detecting the Dark Fleets in North Korea and Russia

Satellite technology reveals decline in illegal fishing activity in North Korean and Russian waters compared to previous years  In July 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping across the globe, Global Fishing Watch published a groundbreaking scientific paper revealing one of the largest known cases of illegal fishing. The foreign fishing activity detected across [...]

By | 2021-01-19T09:18:37-05:00 January 20th, 2021|Data and technology, Fisheries, News & Views, Research and analysis|

New Study Unveils Risk of Forced Labor in Fisheries

Researchers leverage satellite data, machine learning, and human rights expertise to develop model that determines risk of forced labor on fishing vessels In 2016 our research group at the Environmental Market Solutions Lab (emLab) was collaborating with a team of fisheries scientists and economists to better understand the economic rationale behind fishing on the [...]

By | 2020-12-22T08:59:37-05:00 December 21st, 2020|Data and technology, Fisheries, News & Views, Research and analysis|

Global Fishing Watch Assists U.S. Coast Guard Patrol in the Pacific

International collaboration and information sharing are key to detecting suspicious vessels and achieving well-managed fisheries. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter DOUGLAS MUNRO recently completed a nearly two-month patrol, traveling 12,500 miles (20,117 km) throughout the ocean in support of Operation North Pacific Guard, an annual high seas fisheries law enforcement operation designed to [...]

By | 2020-12-09T10:34:10-05:00 December 9th, 2020|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, Research and analysis|

Predictive Analytics to Forecast Illegal Fishing Risk in Mexico

A new collaboration aims to make management at sea more cost-effective using cutting-edge technology Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing affects the sustainability of fisheries worldwide. In Mexico, illegal fishing accounts for up to an estimated 56 percent of national seafood production, according to estimates by the Environmental Defense Fund. Such a significant level [...]

Life Below Water: Celebrating 25 Years of Collaboration for Responsible Fisheries

Innovative use of data and technology can support the implementation of historic, flagship policies October 2020 brings the 25th anniversary of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (the Code). Developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Code aims to “strengthen international legal frameworks for more effective conservation, [...]

By | 2020-10-22T13:36:16-04:00 October 22nd, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Follow the lights: Squid Fishing in the Southeast Pacific Ocean

Satellite technology illuminates foreign and domestic vessels in search of one of Peru’s most valuable catches Asiatic squid vessels are constructed from marine steel, usually weigh between 800-1000 gross tons, and are outfitted with automated jiggers that use up to 150 incandescent lamps to attract squid to the surface. Credit: Simon Ager [...]

By | 2020-11-28T14:16:29-05:00 October 13th, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views, Research and analysis|

COVID-19 Harms Japanese Fisheries Despite Active Fleet

A second wave of the coronavirus could exacerbate future fisheries damages Global fishing activity has been in decline since the COVID-19 pandemic began. From the start of 2020 fishing activity has decreased by approximately 6.6 percent, and it has dropped nearly 7.9 percent since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March [...]

By | 2020-09-28T09:54:53-04:00 September 13th, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views|

New Partnership Brings Added Opportunities to Fisheries Monitoring

Global Fishing Watch becomes observer to International Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance Network  It has been a busy summer for us at Global Fishing Watch. While travel may have been suspended and the majority of fisheries and ocean-related meetings were either canceled or postponed - some held virtually - the work has not slowed down. [...]

By | 2020-09-10T08:49:12-04:00 September 10th, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views|

Seafood Sector Can Benefit from Fisheries Transparency

Ocean stewardship begins with sharing information, requires courage and leadership https://youtu.be/ix-3dFvgmKA Martin Exel, managing director of Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS), speaks on the importance of the seafood industry's role in promoting transparency and sustainability.  Information sharing has the ability to transform fisheries governance. Through increased transparency and cutting-edge technology and analysis, [...]

By | 2020-08-03T18:04:06-04:00 August 4th, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views|

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 [...]

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 [...]

Peruvian Fisheries Experience Massive Decline in Activity from COVID-19

One of world's biggest fishing nations faces economic setbacks, turns to artisanal fleet for food security This is the second blog in a series on the effects of COVID-19 on global fishing activity. Read our initial analysis of changes in global fishing activity during the pandemic here. According to the Global Fishing Watch database, [...]

By | 2020-06-15T10:11:48-04:00 June 12th, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Track and trace: transparent and digitized fishing data is crucial to ocean resilience

Recovery from COVID-19 will require greater transparency in commercial fishing activity Tony Long, CEO Global Fishing Watch As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, its myriad negative consequences are slowly becoming clearer. While many of the impacts have been unmistakable, with entire countries locked down, some are playing out far away [...]

By | 2020-06-04T04:51:07-04:00 June 3rd, 2020|Data and technology, Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, VMS transparency|
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