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New Fusion of Global Datasets Advances Understanding of Vessel Identity and Activity

Novel research provides new tool to improve global fisheries oversight Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing accounts for up to $23.5 billion every year and is enabled by vessels frequently changing their name, flag State or owner. New research , led by Global Fishing Watch and published in Science Advances , uses big data processing …

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New research reveals shifting identities of global fishing fleet to help bolster fisheries management

Scientific study fuses multiple data sources to advance global understanding of vessel identity and behavior A new study published today in Science Advances combines a decade’s worth of satellite vessel tracking data with identification information from more than 40 public registries to determine where and when vessels responsible for most of the world’s industrial fishing …

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2022: A Year of Success—and Greater Promise

A wave of ocean action shows opportunities for greater transparency toward marine governance 2022 dawned with even more uncertainty than most years. With COVID-19 lingering, it was unclear if the ocean conservation and fisheries management communities could hold the international meetings necessary to kick start work that had stalled during the first two years of …

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Global analysis shows where fishing vessels’ identification devices have been switched off

New research displays intentional disabling of automatic identification system devices to provide insights into illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity A new analysis harnesses automatic identification system, or AIS, data to provide information about global fishing activity, including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Originally designed as a collision avoidance tool, AIS can be intentionally disabled—sometimes …

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New Data Reveals Bottom Trawling In Protected Areas

Greater transparency needed to stop illegal fishing in the Mediterranean Members of the Med Sea Alliance, a diverse coalition of nonprofit organizations, today launched a new data atlas which, for the first-time, maps areas permanently closed to bottom trawling across the Mediterranean and investigates illegal trawling in these areas. The Atlas is an online tool …

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Free and open data to inspire next wave of ocean solutions

Global Fishing Watch establishes new portal to make application programming interfaces available to public Inequitable access to data and technology in support of ocean stewardship often leads to lost opportunities in decision-making and innovation—especially in under-resourced countries.  The international community continues to fall short in its efforts to conserve and sustainably use the ocean and …

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Norway makes fishing vessel data accessible to the world

Norway to become first European nation to share its vessel tracking information on Global Fishing Watch map Lisbon, Portugal – Norway has become the first country in Europe to partner with Global Fishing Watch—an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing ocean governance through increased transparency—and will share its vessel tracking data for the Norwegian fishing fleet …

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Global Fishing Watch welcomes new international alliance to increase fisheries transparency and end illegal fishing

Canada, United Kingdom and United States launch initiative to strengthen ambition and action in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing Lisbon, Portugal – Global Fishing Watch welcomes an initiative by Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States to drive collective action and bolster global efforts to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) …

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MDA Provides Global Fishing Watch Access to RADARSAT-2 Archive to Help Combat Illegal Fishing

Illegal fishing is the planet’s 6th largest crime and poses incredible risks to the preservation and health of ocean ecosystems Lisbon, Portugal + Brampton, ON – MDA Ltd. (TSX:MDA), a leading provider of advanced technology and services to the rapidly expanding global space industry, announced today at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference a major new contribution …

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Global Fishing Watch welcomes partnership with Benin to combat illegal fishing

Collaboration on open data and technology to bolster maritime surveillance in West Africa A new partnership agreement between Benin and Global Fishing Watch aims to strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing activities within the waters of the West African State. Under the memorandum of understanding, Global Fishing Watch will provide technical support, including fisheries …

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Canada Recognizes Need for Strong and Consistent Transshipment Measures

Key ocean nation outlines how voluntary guidelines can set a clear policy framework for enhanced regulation, monitoring and control of at-sea transfer of fishing catch Fishing is a crucial part of life for people throughout the world and the industry contributes to the food security, economic prosperity and cultural identity of many people, including communities …

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New report: How liberating ocean data will equip companies to avoid illegally caught seafood in their supply chains

Geneva, Switzerland, 29 April 2022 – A report published today sets out how ocean data transparency can enable companies throughout seafood supply chains to avoid produce from illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing The report, ‘Assessing Seafood Supply Chains: New Public-Private Partnership Will Support Companies in Assessing IUU Fishing Risks Using Vessel Data’, is part …

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The Republic of the Marshall Islands becomes first Pacific island nation to publish fishing activity to Global Fishing Watch Map

Global Fishing Watch commends the Republic of Marshall Islands’ leadership toward fisheries transparency KOROR, THE REPUBLIC OF PALAU – The Republic of the Marshall Islands has committed to sharing its vessel monitoring data on Global Fishing Watch’s public map, bolstering ocean governance and promoting compliance throughout some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. This momentous …

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Torch Passed to Panama for Major Ocean Conference

H.E. Mr. Milciades Concepción Lopez, Minister of Environment, Republic of Panama With the global ocean under unprecedented pressure from overfishing, climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction, this week leaders in government, business, and civil society gathered in Koror, Palau for the Our Ocean Conference, one of the world’s leading forums to rally international support for …

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New Techniques Reveal Fishing Vessel Identities in the Dark of Night

New Global Fishing Watch technology merges nighttime images with GPS datasets to observe vessels not broadcasting their positions When the sun sets, human activity on the ocean goes on. And every night, satellites snap a picture of all the activity taking place down below, including vessels at sea. Vessels often are equipped with bright lights …

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