Impacts

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 | 2018-12-14T04:13:55+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 | 2018-09-24T10:34:46+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 | 2018-09-12T11:20:06+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 | 2018-07-26T12:37:26+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Impacts|

Making the Case for Argentine MPAs

Commercial fishing is an important revenue source for Argentina, and the industry’s interests are strong, but the government is committed to protecting at least 10 percent of its territorial waters by 2020. Although reconciling the need for Marine Protected Areas with the economic interests of the fishing industry can be challenging, Global Fishing Watch [...]

By | 2018-12-13T14:49:44+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Policy & Compliance|

Where Cost Matters: Global Fishing Watch Can Make Fisheries Monitoring Possible

Metcalfe (second from right) conducts field surveys with local fishers. Before discovering Global Fishing Watch, Dr. Kristian Metcalfe worked in Gabon on the west coast of central Africa on a Darwin Initiative funded project (20-009). The project established a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) using spatial analysis of satellite-derived data such [...]

By | 2017-12-21T15:40:31+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Policy & Compliance|

Our Data Suggests Transhippment Involved in Refrigerated Cargo Vessel Just Sentenced to $5.9 Million and Jail Time for Carrying Illegal Sharks

The Ecuadoran government demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting its waters from illegal activity today when it handed down a $5.9 million fine to a Chinese refrigerated cargo vessel owner and a four year prison sentence to its captain for the illegal transport of sharks and shark fins in the protected waters of the Galapagos. [...]

By | 2017-12-24T16:45:59+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Policy & Compliance|

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|

Where Tourism and Tuna Overlap: How Global Fishing Watch is Informing Policy Discussions

Octavio Aburto of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (left) and his colleagues, Juan Mayorga of UC Santa Barbara and Enric Sala of Pristine Seas are using Global Fishing Watch to understand the economic impacts of establishing a new Marine Protected Area in Mexican waters. [UPDATE: On October 5, 2017, the Mexican government announced its intent to expand the Revillagigedo marine [...]

By | 2017-12-22T11:22:59+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Policy & Compliance|

What’s Happening inside Motu Maha Marine Reserve?

There were a whole lot of fishing vessels inside the Motu Maha no-take marine reserve last year, and every one of them had a reason to be there. As part of our series on deciphering suspicious behavior, we asked Dave Stevens, Senior Analyst for the New Zealand Ministry for Primary [...]

By | 2018-07-24T15:58:51+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Policy & Compliance|
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