Fisheries

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 | 2020-09-11T11:44:46-04:00 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|

Life Below Water: Prioritizing safe and decent working conditions for fishers and fisheries observers

Two months ago, the death of fisheries observer Eritara Aati Kaierua was reported in Pacific waters, leading to an ongoing murder investigation. For many people, the idea of a murder taking place on board a confined fishing vessel out at sea seems inconceivable, but for those that know the fisheries sector well, it is [...]

By | 2020-05-06T12:58:09-04:00 May 6th, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Life Below Water: Ensuring sustainable consumption and production of seafood

Large scale, commercial fishing activity has often historically taken place out of sight - fishing grounds far from shore make them difficult and costly to monitor, jurisdiction considerations impede governance and a patchwork of regulations have not kept pace with advances in fishing technologies. As our global seafood consumption has increased, so has the [...]

By | 2020-04-21T12:26:27-04:00 April 21st, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Detecting dark fishing activity in the North Natuna Sea

On March 1st 2020, Indonesian authorities seized five Vietnamese vessels fishing illegally in the North Natuna Sea, located south west of Indonesia’s Natuna Islands, which borders the South China Sea. The successful operation was conducted by patrol vessels from the Indonesian Directorate General (DG) of Surveillance (PSDKP) of The Ministry of Marine Affairs and [...]

By | 2020-03-13T05:57:42-04:00 March 13th, 2020|Data and technology, Fisheries, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Chile Shows Global Leadership On Fisheries Transparency

Tony Long, CEO, Global Fishing Watch Once again, Chile shows it is serious about ocean protection. Putting its fishing vessel tracking data on Global Fishing Watch’s public platform will help to build more transparent and sustainable fisheries.  The May 2019 United Nations report warning of unprecedented rates of extinction of marine life [...]

By | 2020-03-03T04:12:49-05:00 March 3rd, 2020|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, VMS transparency|

Fast-tracking Law-abiding Ships at Ports Could Help End Illegal Fishing

by Nicola Frost, Tony Long, Stephanie Juwana and Mansi Konar When the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) five years ago, the world aligned around the need to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by 2020 (SDG 14.4). Seen then as an achievable target, it is now a deadline we’re going to miss. IUU fishing accounts for [...]

By | 2020-02-08T15:36:53-05:00 February 8th, 2020|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

The Rewards of Large-Scale Marine Protection

Juan Carlos is a PhD Student at UC Santa Barbara where he combines economics, technology, and data science to study marine conservation. To conserve or not to conserve Protecting large portions of our oceans from extractive activities can provide enormous benefits to society: food provisioning, carbon storage and sequestration, tourism, storm attenuation [...]

By | 2020-02-13T17:51:19-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Fisheries, Partner, Research and analysis|

Peru expands vessel tracking system to show activity of two large artisanal fishing fleets

By April 2020, some 750 artisanal fishing vessels targeting jumbo flying squid and mahi-mahi are expected to  join the Peruvian Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). As these vessels - 365 so far - are newly incorporated into Peru’s VMS, they will also appear for the first time on the public Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map. [...]

By | 2020-03-02T10:42:43-05:00 January 30th, 2020|Fisheries, VMS transparency|
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