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Towards a radar-illuminated ocean

At Global Fishing Watch, we use cutting-edge technology to visualize, track and share data about global fishing activity in near real-time and for free. Our primary dataset comes from data about a vessel’s identity, type, location, speed, direction and more that is broadcast using the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and collected via satellites and [...]

By | 2020-03-23T08:24:41-04:00 March 18th, 2020|Data and technology, Data blog, News & Views, Research and analysis|

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|

Life Below Water: Sustainable fisheries and gender equality

Ghanaian woman works on a fish market in Ghana. Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com In West Africa, fishing, fish processing and fish selling are all part of life for many women. Roughly 6.7 million people directly depend on fisheries in the region, which have a landed value of 3.5 billion USD per year. Across [...]

By | 2020-03-05T11:41:55-05:00 March 8th, 2020|News & Views, Policy & Compliance, VMS transparency|

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|

Life Below Water: Improving fisheries transparency to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) set ambitious targets to address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, hunger, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation and decent work. SDG 14; Life Below Water, will be in the spotlight throughout 2020 as States come together at multiple international meetings to create [...]

By | 2020-03-02T16:38:57-05:00 February 25th, 2020|News & Views, Policy & Compliance, 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|

Full Speed Ahead

Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch Chief Executive Officer, looks back at 2019 and sets a course for 2020 – a pivotal year for ocean governance and conservation. Reality check From five or ten years out, making sustainability commitments for the end of a decade is a seductive proposition for governments and sectors of all [...]

By | 2020-02-08T15:23:53-05:00 December 10th, 2019|Impacts, News & Views, Policy & Compliance, VMS transparency|

The Global Atlas of AIS-based Fishing Activity

In 2018, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) published the first ever global maps of fishing activity using AIS data. These fishing maps drew on billions of GPS positions broadcast by over 60,000 fishing vessels, and they revealed fishing operations in all oceans in incredible detail. Click on the image to access the atlas. [...]

By | 2019-12-09T09:03:21-05:00 November 19th, 2019|Data and technology, Fisheries, News & Views, Research and analysis|

New global atlas on using advanced technology to monitor fishing activity

Fishing vessels with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) increasing by 10 to 30 percent each year. 19 November 2019, Rome - A new global atlas – the first-ever of its kind – analyses the opportunities and challenges of using Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) to monitor fishing activity around the globe. AIS is a tracking technology [...]

By | 2019-12-09T09:04:17-05:00 November 19th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

On the frontline against illegal fishing in the world’s biggest ocean

Global Fishing Watch data assists US Coast Guard patrol in the Pacific. The 2019 patrol produced a threefold increase in vessel boardings and an eightfold increase in identified violations compared to 2018. Captain Adam Morrison has 12 years of experience patrolling the oceans of the world with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) during his [...]

By | 2020-02-06T18:02:42-05:00 November 14th, 2019|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views|

Global Fishing Watch and Syiah Kuala University collaborate on fishing vessel data transparency

Banda Aceh, 1 November 2019 - Global Fishing Watch (GFW) and Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh agreed to start collaborative research and development in the fisheries and marine sector in Indonesia. The Memorandum of Understanding which marked a two-year collaboration was signed by representatives of each party on October 22, 2019 at the Faculty [...]

By | 2019-11-14T08:39:06-05:00 November 1st, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

Peru has demonstrated global leadership in sharing its fisheries surveillance data

Lee la nota de prensa en español Peru first in Latin America and second in the world Since October 26, 2018, our country made available the VMS tracking data of vessels fishing on its shoreline The data are on the Global Fishing Watch platform and aim to prevent and confront illegal fishing On October 26, [...]

By | 2019-10-28T07:04:37-04:00 October 25th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

Data on global fishing activity and ocean ecosystems now available on Bloomberg Terminal

 Access to Global Fishing Watch’s data, alongside geospatial tools available on the Terminal, will increase monitoring and protection of ocean ecosystems and communities at risk from overfishing and climate change Oslo, Norway. October 24, 2019. Today at Our Ocean 2019, Bloomberg Philanthropies Chief Executive Officer Patricia E. Harris announced a new initiative between Bloomberg LP [...]

By | 2019-10-24T03:56:29-04:00 October 24th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

Panama publishes vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

Oslo, Norway. October 23, 2019. In front of world leaders gathered in Oslo, Norway for the sixth-annual Our Ocean conference, Panama announced the public release of its vessel tracking data via Global Fishing Watch (GFW). Panama’s distant water fishing fleet is now visible in GFW’s public map in near real time, for free. Panama [...]

By | 2019-10-24T03:55:51-04:00 October 23rd, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

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 | 2019-10-07T17:07:12-04:00 October 7th, 2019|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|
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