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Global Fishing Watch and Brazil sign agreement to increase fisheries transparency

Brazil commits to sharing vessel data on public platform, strengthening compliance in Latin American waters. Washington, D.C. - The Brazilian government has declared its commitment to share vessel tracking data on Global Fishing Watch’s platform, increasing the governance of vessels operating within its all jurisdictional waters and enhancing fisheries transparency throughout the region.  The [...]

By | 2021-05-03T09:34:23-04:00 April 30th, 2021|News & Views, Press Release|

The Overlooked Impact of Bottom Trawling

A new study published by the scientific journal Nature is the first to quantify the potential release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the ocean from trawling and finds that trawling is pumping hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 into the ocean every year. Juan Mayorga, marine scientist and study coauthor, talks about the [...]

By | 2021-04-23T11:51:55-04:00 April 22nd, 2021|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, Research and analysis|

Transparency of Transshipment: Using Satellite Data to Reveal Meet-ups on the High Seas

Photo by: Francisco Blaha New study reveals global footprint of support vessels involved in rendezvous at sea Download the Report Every day thousands of fishing vessels roam the world’s ocean, combing the most lucrative fisheries for catch to bring back to market. Some of these vessels don’t return to port for [...]

By | 2021-04-19T15:31:30-04:00 April 8th, 2021|News & Views, Research and analysis|

Close encounters between albatross and fishing vessels in the North Pacific

Rachael Orben is an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. In September of 2016, Leigh Torres, associate professor at Oregon State University, and I attended the 6th International Albatross and Petrel Conference. Somehow, amid all of the science that filled the week, Leigh first saw the Global Fishing [...]

By | 2021-03-29T12:48:29-04:00 March 29th, 2021|News & Views, Research and analysis|

Half the Ocean: Updating The Global Footprint of Fisheries

Global Fishing Watch’s updated fishing data offers new insight into the presence and behavior of the global fishing fleet In 2018, we published the first-ever global assessment of commercial fishing activity in Science. We tracked over 60,000 fishing vessels between 2012 and 2016, and estimated that fishing occurred on more than half of the [...]

By | 2021-03-11T12:49:46-05:00 March 11th, 2021|Data and technology, Data blog, Fisheries, News & Views|

New Fishing Data Paves the Way for Improved Analysis

Improvements to our fishing effort data and vessel classification can help promote transparency of human activity on the world’s oceans In 2018, Global Fishing Watch released its first public fishing effort data that included almost 142 million hours of fishing from over 73,000 unique maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) numbers. The dataset, spanning 2012-2016, [...]

By | 2021-03-11T09:37:19-05:00 March 11th, 2021|Data and technology, Data blog, News & Views|

COVID-19 Brings Unmatched Downturn in Global Fishing Activity

One year into the pandemic that triggered turmoil around the world, an analysis of Global Fishing Watch data sheds light on shifts in global fishing activity  As the world marks the March 11th anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fishing sector—like many industries—continues to feel the effects. With [...]

By | 2021-03-10T20:06:46-05:00 March 11th, 2021|Data and technology, Data blog, Fisheries, News & Views|

Latin America Highlights Transparency as Essential in Tackling Illegal Fishing

Countries embrace transparency-based strategy to promote fair and effective ocean governance The 34th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Committee on Fisheries (COFI 34) was held virtually last week. Front and center of the agenda was the need to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, a practice which [...]

By | 2021-02-11T18:31:05-05:00 February 8th, 2021|Fisheries, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

New poll reveals demand for seafood traceability and public vessel tracking

Oceana calls on U.S. government to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the US seafood supply chain The largest ocean-focused advocacy group, Oceana, released results from a new poll revealing that 83 percent of Americans agree that all seafood should be traceable from the fishing boat to the dinner plate, and 77 percent [...]

By | 2021-01-28T15:39:38-05:00 January 28th, 2021|Impacts, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|

A 2020 Analysis: Detecting the Dark Fleets in North Korea and Russia

Satellite technology reveals decline in illegal fishing activity in North Korean and Russian waters compared to previous years  In July 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping across the globe, Global Fishing Watch published a groundbreaking scientific paper revealing one of the largest known cases of illegal fishing. The foreign fishing activity detected across [...]

By | 2021-01-19T09:18:37-05:00 January 20th, 2021|Data and technology, Fisheries, News & Views, Research and analysis|

Following Forced Labor in the World’s Fishing Fleets

On February 29, 2016, Argentinian authorities approached the HUA LI 8, a squid jigger flagged to China that had been observed fishing illegally within Argentina’s waters.

New Study Unveils Risk of Forced Labor in Fisheries

Researchers leverage satellite data, machine learning, and human rights expertise to develop model that determines risk of forced labor on fishing vessels In 2016 our research group at the Environmental Market Solutions Lab (emLab) was collaborating with a team of fisheries scientists and economists to better understand the economic rationale behind fishing on the [...]

By | 2020-12-22T08:59:37-05:00 December 21st, 2020|Data and technology, Fisheries, News & Views, Research and analysis|

Satellites can reveal risk of forced labor in the world’s fishing fleet

Groundbreaking model uses remote sensing data, machine learning, and human rights expertise to shed light on slavery at sea  Washington, D.C. - Vessels known to have crew that are subject to forced labor behave in systematically different ways to the rest of the global fishing fleet, reveals a new paper published today in the [...]

By | 2021-01-06T14:25:18-05:00 December 21st, 2020|News & Views, Press Release|

2020 Hindsight: How a New Wave of Transparency Can Lead to Better Ocean Governance

Partnership and collective understanding will set the course for Global Fishing Watch’s work ahead And so ends another year—a year that many are perhaps eager to close out. I think it’s fair to say that none of us imagined 2020 would have panned out like this. Twelve months ago we were all preparing for [...]

By | 2020-12-22T05:07:48-05:00 December 21st, 2020|Data and technology, News & Views, Research and analysis|

Protecting Human Rights at Sea Starts with Access to Information

New collaboration between Global Fishing Watch and Human Rights at Sea aims to ensure policy and satellite technology solutions are aligned and information is available to all stakeholders  The International Labour Organization of the United Nations estimates that 16 million people were in forced labor in the private economy in 2016, with 11 percent [...]

By | 2020-12-09T15:53:33-05:00 December 10th, 2020|Impacts, News & Views, Policy & Compliance|
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