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Are unauthorized foreign vessels deterred from fishing inside Exclusive Economic Zones?

Gabriel Englander, PhD candidate, University of California, Berkeley. Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics. Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) are perhaps the largest property rights institution in the world, covering about 39% of the ocean’s surface and accounting for more than 95% of global marine fish catch. Because assigning property rights can improve both ecological [...]

By | 2019-10-07T17:07:12+00:00 October 7th, 2019|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

The capture of the MV NIKA: a case of illicit fishing and a showcase for how to beat it

A notorious vessel wanted in several jurisdictions was recently seized by Indonesia. Here’s the story of how international cooperation between INTERPOL, Indonesia, the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) - UK, Korea and Panama, together with Global Fishing Watch’s vessel tracking expertise, helped make it happen. Lea esta historia en [...]

By | 2019-08-08T17:02:01+00:00 July 23rd, 2019|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, VMS transparency|

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|

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Antha Williams talks transparency

How do you see Global Fishing Watch (GFW) supporting Bloomberg’s Vibrant Oceans Initiative? Until Global Fishing Watch was launched, the world was relying on an inefficient, patchy network of antiquated, siloed, and proprietary data systems to monitor fishing activity around the world. The GFW system is the world’s first view of global fishing activity [...]

The Tale of the Albatross and the Algorithm

The first-ever satellite mapping of fishing vessel behaviours has identified that very few vessels are using one of the key techniques to avoid accidentally killing albatrosses. Researchers hope a new analytics tool demonstrates that satellite data can help monitor efforts to reduce seabird mortality in fishing operations, and drive more transparency in general in the global fishing [...]

By | 2019-01-28T04:19:27+00:00 January 28th, 2019|Impacts, Partner, Policy & Compliance, Research and analysis|

More fishing inside, more sharks outside marine protected areas

Manuel Dureuil is a PhD student researching sharks and Kristina Boerder a postdoctoral fellow working on marine protected areas at Dalhousie University, Canada. In a recent publication in SCIENCE, Elevated trawling inside protected areas undermines conservation outcomes in a global fishing hotspot, Manuel, Kristina and a team of researchers from Dalhousie University, GEOMAR Helmholtz [...]

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 [...]

How Oceana used Global Fishing Watch data to promote transparency at sea during 2018

With increased transparency, we can see beyond the horizon and address the threats facing our oceans. Global Fishing Watch’s (GFW) mapping platform increases the transparency of commercial fishing activities worldwide, empowering Oceana and others to expose problems that were once out of sight, far from our coasts. Oceana analysts, part of Oceana’s Illegal Fishing [...]

By | 2018-12-18T12:50:11+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Data and technology, Fisheries, Impacts, Map, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Global Fishing Watch data key to MPA victory in Argentina

Camellia Williams is a Lead Writer at Vizzuality. See her original blog post here.  We love hearing stories about people changing the world with the things we help make. This month we were contacted by Luli Masera. Luli is the co-founder of the Marine Conservation programme of Tompkins Conservation in Argentina and she had some extremely [...]

By | 2019-05-30T23:16:02+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Impacts, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Oil rigs alive: marine life abounds in unlikely places

Amber Jackson, Blue Latitudes There comes a time when the useful life of an oil platform comes to an end, at least when it comes to drilling for oil, and that’s when we dive in. Blue Latitudes, founded by Emily Hazelwood and myself, is a women-owned environmental consulting firm on a mission [...]

By | 2018-12-07T07:41:16+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Impacts, Research and analysis|

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|

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|

How Global Fishing Watch Contributed to the Creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Brad Sewell, director of Fisheries and the U.S. Atlantic Program at the National Resources Defence Council (NRDC) used Global Fishing Watch to help protect the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument by showing that not all vessels opposing the monument relied on it for fishing grounds. A new lawsuit threatens protection for [...]

By | 2018-06-29T06:12:35+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Impacts|