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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 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|

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|

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|

Fisheries Management in the Face of Climate Change

Elena Ojea, senior researcher, University of Vigo Elena Ojea is a senior researcher at the University of Vigo where she founded the Future Oceans Lab, a Vigo-based research group on marine systems and climate change. Dr. Ojea holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Economics, and was a [...]

By | 2020-04-22T09:01:31-04:00 April 21st, 2020|Partner, Research and analysis|

A conversation with NOAA researchers Heather Welch and Dr. Elliott Hazen

A key goal of Global Fishing Watch is to partner with leading researchers who can help us better understand, apply, and expand the usefulness of our data for fisheries transparency. To date, we have partnered with over 12 academic institutions, as well as several government fisheries research agencies, such as Japan’s Fisheries Research Agency. [...]

By | 2020-03-25T13:41:30-04:00 March 25th, 2020|Partner|

Shedding a light on intruders at sea

Dyhia is a Principal Investigator of Fisheries at Ecotrust Canada. The social, economic, and human toll of illegal fishing Illegal fishing drains fish resources from the waters of both poor and rich countries. Over $23 billion US are lost every year to illegal fishing. It is estimated that one in every four [...]

By | 2020-03-11T12:12:56-04:00 March 11th, 2020|Partner, Research and analysis|

The Rewards of Large-Scale Marine Protection

Juan Carlos is a PhD Student at UC Santa Barbara where he combines economics, technology, and data science to study marine conservation. To conserve or not to conserve Protecting large portions of our oceans from extractive activities can provide enormous benefits to society: food provisioning, carbon storage and sequestration, tourism, storm attenuation [...]

By | 2020-02-13T17:51:19-05:00 February 5th, 2020|Fisheries, Partner, Research and analysis|

Rhythms of the wild in global fisheries data

Eric Galbraith is an ICREA research professor based at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Jerome Guiet is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. Read their new study. Most of the activity that Global Fishing Watch monitors is carried out by industrial fisheries, [...]

The Tale of the Albatross and the Algorithm

The first-ever satellite mapping of fishing vessel behaviours has identified that very few vessels are using one of the key techniques to avoid accidentally killing albatrosses. Researchers hope a new analytics tool demonstrates that satellite data can help monitor efforts to reduce seabird mortality in fishing operations, and drive more transparency in general in the global fishing [...]

By | 2019-01-28T04:19:27-05:00 January 28th, 2019|Impacts, Partner, Policy & Compliance, Research and analysis|

More fishing inside, more sharks outside marine protected areas

Manuel Dureuil is a PhD student researching sharks and Kristina Boerder a postdoctoral fellow working on marine protected areas at Dalhousie University, Canada. In a recent publication in SCIENCE, Elevated trawling inside protected areas undermines conservation outcomes in a global fishing hotspot, Manuel, Kristina and a team of researchers from Dalhousie University, GEOMAR Helmholtz [...]

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 | 2020-04-23T12:06:25-04:00 August 8th, 2018|Partner|

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 | 2020-02-06T16:30:05-05:00 June 8th, 2018|Data and technology, Partner, Research and analysis|

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 [...]

By | 2019-11-07T21:43:38-05:00 March 19th, 2018|Partner, Research and analysis|

Oceana Discovers that EU Countries Have Unlawfully Authorized Vessels to Fish in African Waters

Oceana data analyst Lacey Malarky uses Global Fishing Watch data to tackle numerous questions that may impact fisheries conservation. Her analyses supported a recently passed regulation that will help ensure greater transparency in European Union fisheries. Download the Oceana report to learn more here. Lacey Malarky, Analyst on the Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud campaign [...]

By | 2020-05-30T17:37:13-04:00 September 15th, 2017|Partner|
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