Research and analysis

Global Fishing Watch 2018 – the year in transparency

After just over a year at the helm, Global Fishing Watch CEO, Tony Long, reflects on how a freely accessible and near real-time digital map of the global ocean is exposing illegal fishing and changing the rules of the game, and calls on all governments to contribute data and join the movement for universal [...]

Oil rigs alive: marine life abounds in unlikely places

Amber Jackson, Blue Latitudes There comes a time when the useful life of an oil platform comes to an end, at least when it comes to drilling for oil, and that’s when we dive in. Blue Latitudes, founded by Emily Hazelwood and myself, is a women-owned environmental consulting firm on a mission [...]

By | 2018-12-07T07:41:16+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Impacts, Research and analysis|

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|

“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|

Predicting the distribution of the high seas longline fleet

Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, member of The Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University As the extent and diversity of ocean industries continues to grow, the international community faces the challenging task of accommodating multiple ocean uses while minimizing negative ecological impacts across sectoral industries. Oceanic fisheries have grown exponentially since the aftermath [...]

By | 2018-08-09T05:08:31+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Partner|

Machine learning and satellite data provide the first global view of transshipment activity

Nate Miller, Data Scientist, SkyTruth This week marks the publication of the first-ever global assessment of transshipment in a scientific journal. Researchers at Global Fishing Watch and SkyTruth, in the journal Frontiers of Marine Science, published “Identifying Global Patterns of Transshipment Behavior.” What is transshipment? Why does it matter? What have we [...]

By | 2018-07-26T12:31:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Data and technology, Research and analysis|

Identification of ‘dark vessels’

Using bright lights to reveal the 'dark' fleet Christopher Elvidge with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Earth Observation Group writes about matching night-time imagery with monitoring data from fishing vessels to shed new light on the ‘dark’ fleet. The challenges with tracking vessels Vessel tracks from Automatic Identification System (AIS) and [...]

By | 2018-06-26T11:19:36+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Data and technology, Partner, Research and analysis|

Satellite tracking shows the economics of much high seas fishing does not add up

Kristina M. Gjerde,  Senior High Seas Advisor. IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme As the countdown continues to September’s historic first round of United Nations treaty talks on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity  in the high seas, science and technology are shedding increasingly compelling light on what is currently [...]

Fighting Illegal Fishing

Researchers explore an alternative pathway to fast-tracking the global recovery of fisheries By Julie Cohen Short-term pain for long-term gain. When applied to the reform of global fisheries, this strategy could yield enormous benefits. If only it were that easy. For many countries — especially those in the developing tropics where fishery reform is needed [...]

By | 2018-07-30T06:15:16+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Partner, Research and analysis|

Tracking the Global Footprint of Fisheries

In the 23 February 2018 issue of Science, along with research partners at University of California Santa Barbara, National Geographic Pristine Seas, SkyTruth, Dalhousie University, Stanford University, and Google, we published a global analysis of fishing effort using AIS data. We have made our data on the vessel identity and fishing effort freely available. This post provide links [...]

By | 2018-07-26T12:28:36+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Research and analysis|

The Dynamics of the Global Fishing Fleet – Interactive

Our research paper, “Tracking the global footprint of fisheries," was published today in Science. A key finding of the study is that fishing is remarkably non-seasonal at a global scale. What matters far more than any natural annual cycle, it turns out, are cultural and political factors: fishers in North America and Europe don't [...]

By | 2018-06-01T05:25:25+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Research and analysis|

Our Dataset — Now Available

Today is an exciting day for the Global Fishing Watch Research program. Working with six partner institutions, we have published the first ever global analysis of fishing effort using Automated Identification System (AIS) data. Our paper, "Tracking the global footprint of fisheries," is in the February 23rd edition of Science. Along with the publication of this [...]

By | 2018-02-22T14:22:48+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Research and analysis|

Understanding the Impacts of the Chinese Fishery Moratorium

Wei Zhou, ocean campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia’s Beijing office, used Global Fishing Watch to understand the impact of recent changes to fisheries policy in China on the extent of fishing in the Chinese EEZ.  On September 16, 2017 at noon, over 10,000 fishing vessels based in Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces in China headed out to start [...]

By | 2018-06-29T06:18:45+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Research and analysis|

New Study: Greenhouse Gas Emissions are Rising as Vessel Traffic Grows

Commercial fishing is an energy-intensive business, and not just for the fishers hauling in the catch. Fishing vessels burn a lot of fuel. In fact, according to Naya Olmer, Marine Program Associate at the International Council on Clean Transportation, industrial-sized commercial fishing vessels are responsible for more than 4 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions released [...]

By | 2018-06-29T06:19:57+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Research and analysis|
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