Global Fishing Watch believes that transparency of fishing activity is key to achieving sustainable global fisheries. In line with our mission to create and publicly share knowledge about human activity at sea, the first versions of our map have focused on fishing as the most widespread human activity, and on industrial fishing as the sector with tracking data already being collected.
Through government partnerships we already have some small scale fishing presented in the Global Fishing Watch map through VMS data. We are now actively seeking partnerships and technology options to bring in more data in support of a fair and sustainable future for small-scale fishing, which represents the great majority of people and vessels at sea. Global Fishing Watch has pilot projects on small-scale fisheries in Indonesia and Peru, where we are gathering lessons learned to inform future opportunities to contribute to the network of practitioners advancing livelihoods and resilience of coastal communities.