Research and analysis

Bridging the Gap between Gulf-based Fisheries and the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

Analysis of artificial reefing areas will bring marine life benefits to the Gulf of Mexico. Ami Everett is a marine scientist at Blue Latitudes and lecturer at the University of North Georgia. Opinions surrounding the oil industry are dynamic, complex and often controversial. However, there is one viewpoint that almost all fishers [...]

By | 2021-04-30T09:03:50-04:00 May 3rd, 2021|Data and technology, Partner, Research and analysis|

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|

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|

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|

Global Fishing Watch Assists U.S. Coast Guard Patrol in the Pacific

International collaboration and information sharing are key to detecting suspicious vessels and achieving well-managed fisheries. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter DOUGLAS MUNRO recently completed a nearly two-month patrol, traveling 12,500 miles (20,117 km) throughout the ocean in support of Operation North Pacific Guard, an annual high seas fisheries law enforcement operation designed to [...]

By | 2020-12-09T10:34:10-05:00 December 9th, 2020|Fisheries, Impacts, News & Views, Research and analysis|

Predictive Analytics to Forecast Illegal Fishing Risk in Mexico

A new collaboration aims to make management at sea more cost-effective using cutting-edge technology Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing affects the sustainability of fisheries worldwide. In Mexico, illegal fishing accounts for up to an estimated 56 percent of national seafood production, according to estimates by the Environmental Defense Fund. Such a significant level [...]

New Study Claims Information Sharing is Key to Transparency in International Fisheries

Pacific case study suggests greater transparency will improve legitimacy and sustainability of tuna fisheries  Transshipment, the transfer of catch from fishing vessels to refrigerated cargo vessels (often called ‘reefers’ or ‘carriers’)  is an important part of many seafood supply chains. But when transshipment occurs at sea, loopholes in governance and gaps in monitoring can [...]

By | 2020-11-12T04:26:44-05:00 November 12th, 2020|News & Views, Partner, Research and analysis|

Study Uses Satellite Technology to Reveal How Fisheries Respond to Marine Protection

A team of scientists investigate benefits of large marine protected areas Standing at sea level, looking out at the ocean, you can only see about three miles (5 km) from shore. The largest marine protected areas (MPAs), which restrict fishing for conservation or fisheries benefits, span up to 200 nautical miles (370 km) from [...]

By | 2020-11-06T10:09:57-05:00 November 6th, 2020|Impacts, News & Views, Research and analysis|

Spotting transshipment with an ocean of AIS data

Find out how Global Fishing Watch’s carrier vessel portal promotes ocean sustainability by tracking transshipment with the help of AIS data.This article was produced and first published by our data partner, Spire Global.Global Fishing Watch created a new tool using Spire Global’s AIS data to shine a light on transshipment—a critical process of high seas fishing that [...]

By | 2020-11-05T10:04:12-05:00 November 5th, 2020|Data and technology, News & Views, Partner|

Follow the lights: Squid Fishing in the Southeast Pacific Ocean

Satellite technology illuminates foreign and domestic vessels in search of one of Peru’s most valuable catches Asiatic squid vessels are constructed from marine steel, usually weigh between 800-1000 gross tons, and are outfitted with automated jiggers that use up to 150 incandescent lamps to attract squid to the surface. Credit: Simon Ager [...]

By | 2020-11-28T14:16:29-05:00 October 13th, 2020|Fisheries, News & Views, Research and analysis|

Global Fishing Watch Data Reveals Ships Speed through Endangered Whale Habitat

Morgan Visalli is a project scientist at the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California Santa Barbara, a Global Fishing Watch research partner organization. When we click ‘buy’ online or check out at a retail store, we don’t often think about massive ships moving our products across the ocean. Yet we [...]

By | 2020-09-18T16:20:01-04:00 September 18th, 2020|Data and technology, Partner, Research and analysis|
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