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|

Innovation in Fisheries Management Requires Collaboration between Academia and Technology

National Taiwan Ocean University joins forces with Global Fishing Watch to utilize information sharing in the fight against illegal fishing Dr. William Hsu is the Director of the Advanced Computation Laboratory of National Taiwan Ocean University. In October 2015 the European Union executive branch - the European Commission (EC) -  issued a [...]

By | 2020-08-13T09:13:50-04:00 August 13th, 2020|Impacts, Research and analysis|

International Cooperation Uncovers Large-Scale Illegal Fishing, Highlights Need for More Multinational Efforts

Experts from four countries joined forces to find out the real cause behind drastic decline in squid catch   Jaeyoon Park, senior data scientist and study co-lead, Global Fishing Watch  A Global Fishing Watch-led study uncovers what is possibly the largest ever documented case of illegal fishing by vessels originating from one country [...]

New Technology Unveils Massive Illegal Fishing by Dark Fleets in North Korea, What Next?

International collaboration and new technology shows unprecedented picture of fishing activity in North Korea, calls nations to take action By Jaeyoon Park, senior data scientist at Global Fishing Watch and David Kroodsma, director of research and innovation at Global Fishing Watch.  In the 30th issue of Science Advances Global Fishing Watch, along with 13 [...]

Illegal Fishing Hotspot Identified in Northwest Indian Ocean

Nearly 200 Iranian vessels detected in Somali and Yemeni waters represent one of the world’s largest illegal fishing operations. By Charles Kilgour, director of fisheries analysis, Global Fishing Watch and Duncan Copeland, executive director, Trygg Mat Tracking  Global Fishing Watch (GFW) and Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT) have been working with partners in the Northwest [...]

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