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U.S. Government and Nonprofit Organization Host Prize Competition to Leverage the Latest Technology to Detect and Defeat Illegal Fishing

Defense Innovation Unit and Global Fishing Watch Announce the xView3 Challenge to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and Global Fishing Watch (GFW) today announced the xView3 Challenge prize competition to identify the best computer vision algorithms to advance the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated …

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Belize to publish vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

Oceana and Global Fishing Watch applaud Belize’s leadership on fisheries transparency Belize City, Belize.  – The Belize High Seas Fisheries Unit (BHSFU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to make its vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch map, which tracks the movements of commercial fishing vessels in near real-time. The …

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U.S. Southern Command signs partnership agreement with Global Fishing Watch

New cooperation aims to harness vessel data and analysis to strengthen maritime surveillance and control in Latin America and the Caribbean DORAL, Fla. – The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) announced today they have entered into an agreement with the international nonprofit organization, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) to help detect, deter and identify illegal, unreported …

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Global Fishing Watch launches new technology to enhance ocean management

Groundbreaking portal harnesses open data and machine learning to help transform management and research for critical marine areas Washington, D.C. — Global Fishing Watch has launched an innovative technology portal to help strengthen management of marine protected areas (MPAs) and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs). The portal hosts diverse datasets and analysis tools to …

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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 agreement …

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

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 scientific …

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Global Fishing Watch commends Ecuador’s decision to strengthen governance throughout its waters

Momentum gains as more countries take action to promote fisheries transparency Guayaquil, Ecuador – Ecuador has taken bold action to bolster ocean governance by joining the Global Fishing Watch platform, facilitating enhanced monitoring of the 1,200 vessels that make up Ecuador’s industrial and small-scale fishing fleets. This momentous decision will help increase accountability for vessels …

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Technology collaboration aims to strengthen fisheries monitoring and control

New agreement will combine data and analysis from Global Fishing Watch and Vulcan Inc. to bolster fisheries transparency and enforcement Washington D.C. – Global Fishing Watch (GFW), an international nonprofit organization, has entered into a formal collaboration with Vulcan Inc., combining their vessel monitoring capabilities to enhance fisheries management and governmental efforts to combat illegal, unreported …

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Capacity for Women in the Maritime Sector

Women in Maritime Africa – South Africa and Global Fishing Watch Establish Program to Build Capacity for Women in the Maritime Sector

New initiative aims to equip women with skills for work in monitoring, control and surveillance Women in Maritime Africa, South Africa chapter (WIMA-SA), and Global Fishing Watch (GFW) have joined forces in a partnership that seeks to develop technical skills for women in the maritime sector. The collaboration will establish a training program specifically designed …

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Costa Rica fishing activity

Costa Rica and Global Fishing Watch Sign Agreement to Give Greater Transparency to Fishing Activity

Global Fishing Watch, PACÍFICO and the Forever Costa Rica Association applaud Costa Rica’s decision to share vessel tracking data and its commitment to enhancing monitoring and control of its waters San José, Costa Rica – The Costa Rican government today announced an agreement to make its vessel tracking data available through Global Fishing Watch (GFW), …

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Transshipment reform

Global Fishing Watch and Pew Unveil Technology to Accelerate Transshipment Reform

Public interactive portal to help increase understanding and transparency of carrier vessels and their activities Washington, D.C. — Global Fishing Watch launched a public web portal today that policymakers and fishery managers can use to better understand the activities of vessels that take on catch from commercial fishing vessels and deliver it to ports worldwide …

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Media kit: Illuminating Dark Fishing Fleets in North Korea

On 22 July 2020, the journal, Science Advances published our ground-breaking study, Illuminating Dark Fishing Fleets in North Korea, revealing the largest known case of illegal fishing perpetrated by vessels originating from one country operating in another nation’s waters.  Communications materials Press release: Report Exposes Rampant Illegal Fishing in North Korean Waters Paper: Illuminating Dark …

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Detecting the dark fleet using satellite technology

Report Exposes Rampant Illegal Fishing in North Korean Waters

Ground-breaking study reveals hundreds of vessels fishing illegally in one of the world’s most contested ocean regions, contravening United Nations sanctions and fuelling overfishing Washington, D.C. – A new study published today in the journal, Science Advances reveals widespread illegal fishing by dark fleets — vessels that do not publicly broadcast their location or appear …

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Challenges an opportunities - Global Atlas of AIS - based fishing activity

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 designed …

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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 of …

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