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How will Global Fishing Watch track small scale fishing?

How will Global Fishing Watch track small scale fishing?
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Global Fishing Watch believes that transparency of fishing activity is key to achieving sustainable global fisheries. Proper fisheries management is key to securing the incomes of fishers in the long term, including small scale fishing vessels which constitute a great proportion of some nations’ fishery. In the case of Indonesia, over 90% of the country’s total catch is done by small scale fisheries.

We have started pilot programmes together with partner NGOs and industry associations in Indonesia to obtain their data. In return, we help them analyse the data to support their various needs from supporting MSC certification processes to ensuring that their members or consumers are able to trace where a catch comes from.

Additionally, we are also trialling several tracking devices in search of the optimal one that suits the country’s needs, situation and most importantly the most cost-effective and affordable to the fishermen. With our partners’ help, we are deploying these devices in various locations, to different catch targets (tunas, snappers and groupers, blue swimming crabs) and eventually intend to put this data on our map.

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