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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 | 2019-11-19T07:01:46+00:00 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 | 2019-11-19T07:10:51+00:00 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 | 2019-11-15T04:56:13+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 October 7th, 2019|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

Sharp decline in foreign fishing boats in Indonesian waters – Global Fishing Watch analysis

Jakarta, Indonesia - The presence of foreign fishing vessels in Indonesian waters has declined significantly since a ban was enacted in November 2014 by the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, according to new analysis by Global Fishing Watch (GFW).  By analysing data from the Automatic Identification System (AIS) (1), an open source vessel [...]

By | 2019-07-29T04:37:05+00:00 July 24th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

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|

Canadian government commits funding to Global Fishing Watch

Toronto, Canada - Today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, reaffirmed the Government of Canada's commitment to combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing at the Collision Conference in Toronto. Our Government is contributing $1.2 million to Global Fishing Watch (GFW) to support the continued growth of its free, open-source mapping platform [...]

By | 2019-05-28T06:52:21+00:00 May 21st, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

Chile to publish vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

Oceana and Global Fishing Watch Applaud Chile’s Leadership on Fisheries Transparency The Chilean government today signed an agreement to make its vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map, which tracks the movements of commercial fishing* vessels in near real-time. The agreement, which was made between Chile’s National Fisheries and [...]

By | 2019-09-13T14:34:00+00:00 May 15th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release|

World’s largest commercial fishery publicly tracked on Global Fishing Watch map

This year’s first fishing season for Peruvian anchovy opens on May 4th and for the first time ever anyone can track the fishing fleet as the season progresses, thanks to the recent agreement to publish Peru's vessel data via Global Fishing Watch’s public map. En español Monitoring of the Peruvian anchovy fleet using the national Vessel [...]

Panama signs agreement to make its fishing fleet visible to the world

Nota de Prensa en español Panama City, 20 March 2019 - Panama today signed a formal agreement to make its national vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map platform, demonstrating its commitment to greater transparency in fishing activities and to promoting sustainability. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between [...]

By | 2019-09-24T14:15:37+00:00 March 20th, 2019|News & Views, Press Release, VMS transparency|
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