News & Views

Peru’s Vessel Tracking Data Now Publicly Available Through Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch and Oceana applaud Peru’s leadership on fisheries transparency Washington, D.C. Friday October 26th - As world leaders prepare to gather in Bali, Indonesia for the fifth-annual Our Ocean conference, Peru has taken bold action to make its national vessel tracking data publicly available for the first time through Global Fishing Watch [...]

By | 2018-10-26T11:37:47+00:00 October 25th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

New map features – from improved custom layer uploads to updated MPA layers

Today, we are releasing an updated version of the Global Fishing Watch map that is easier to use and includes several new features. It also increases your ability to customize the map view. This update comes in response to some great feedback we’ve been getting from our community. You can now: Import custom polygon [...]

By | 2018-10-25T06:00:59+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Data and technology, News & Views|

How can vessel tracking technology help to create true shark sanctuaries?

Darcy Bradley is a postdoctoral researcher at University of California - Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Her recent publication in Conservation Letters, Leveraging satellite technology to create true shark sanctuaries, examined how advancements in tracking technology can help us better understand illegal fishing activity and therefore improve fisheries management.  What do [...]

By | 2018-10-18T17:27:02+00:00 October 18th, 2018|News & Views, Research and analysis|

New partnership to strengthen transparency in fisheries in the Eastern Tropical Pacific

San José, Costa Rica -The global non-profit organisation, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) and PACÍFICO, a coordination platform comprised of four environmental funds in Central and Latin America, have entered into a formal collaboration with the objective to support Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama in their efforts to advance transparency and monitoring of fishing activity. [...]

By | 2018-10-11T15:27:45+00:00 October 11th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

“The blue paradox” published in PNAS

Can you actually make a problem worse by promising to solve it? That’s a conundrum that policymakers face — often unwittingly — on a variety of issues. A famous, if controversial, example comes from the gun control debate in the United States, where calls for tougher legislation in the wake of the 2012 Sandy [...]

By | 2018-09-25T13:54:52+00:00 September 25th, 2018|News & Views, 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|

Canadian government declares support for Global Fishing Watch

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, has made a formal statement of support for the work of Global Fishing Watch. The announcement was made during the the second day of the G7 ministerial meeting on the theme of Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, which [...]

By | 2018-09-20T13:40:03+00:00 September 20th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

At the G7, youth call for innovation challenge and labelling standards to address IUU fishing

“Globally, 1 in 5 fish is caught illegally, resulting in losses of between USD$10 billion and $23.5 billion every year.” Tony Long, CEO of Global Fishing Watch, used this stark statistic to open the ‘Youth, Women and Oceans’ Roundtable Discussion.  At the current scale of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing (SDG Indicator 14.6.1), [...]

By | 2018-09-20T09:46:06+00:00 September 20th, 2018|News & Views|

New research partnership to investigate illegal fishing in the North Pacific Ocean

Tokyo, Japan. 13 September 2018 - The Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA) has entered into a formal collaboration with the global non-profit organisation, Global Fishing Watch, and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong to investigate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and strengthen [...]

By | 2018-09-13T04:11:21+00:00 September 13th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

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|

Half the Ocean? A Response to the University of Washington’s Blog

On the pages of Science Magazine (comment and response), Twitter, the University of Washington's Sustainable Fisheries blog, and The Atlantic, my co-authors and I have engaged in a healthy debate with University of Washington researchers about how to measure the global footprint of fisheries. This exchange has helped raise awareness of different ways to measure, understand, [...]

By | 2018-10-16T12:55:47+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Data blog, News & Views|

World’s First Legally Binding Treaty to Protect the High Seas: Landmark UN Negotiations Open

New York, 4 September 2018: Treaty negotiations to conserve and protect nearly two thirds of the ocean open today at the United Nations (UN) in what is widely regarded as the greatest opportunity in a generation to turn the tide on ocean degradation and biodiversity loss. Following over a decade of discussions at the [...]

By | 2018-09-04T12:04:57+00:00 September 4th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|

Measuring the Footprint of Fisheries

Earlier this year we published in Science the first global assessment of fishing activity using AIS data, providing an unprecedented view into the activity of tens of thousands of large, industrial fishing vessels. We’ve made these fishing effort data publicly available, which is now leading a slew of advances in our understanding of fishing [...]

By | 2018-08-23T19:02:12+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Data and technology, Data blog, News & Views|

Global Fishing Watch provides training to Peru’s vessel surveillance group

We were very pleased to complete a three day training session this month in Lima with the Peruvian Ministry of Production’s vessel surveillance division. It was an opportunity for us to share the latest developments on the Global Fishing Watch mapping platform and to get expert feedback from professionals in Peru’s fisheries sector. Since [...]

By | 2018-08-17T14:46:13+00:00 August 15th, 2018|News & Views, VMS transparency|

Close encounters of the fishy kind

New data reveals suspected vessel rendezvous at sea and sheds light on the ‘dark’ fleet To mark World Oceans Day, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) has increased ocean transparency by releasing the first-ever ‘live’ global view of likely transshipping at sea — a practice that can mask illegal fishing activity, and imagery of night-time fishing [...]

By | 2018-06-29T06:14:04+00:00 June 8th, 2018|News & Views, Press Release|
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