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What is Global Fishing Watch’s VMS transparency initiative?

What is Global Fishing Watch’s VMS transparency initiative?
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Transparency is crucial for good stewardship of our global ocean – to fight illegal fishing, to protect fish stocks and livelihoods and to increase the safety and well-being of fishers. If countries publicly share their fishing vessel monitoring data, then we can create a more complete and connected picture of global fishing activity.

Global Fishing Watch is committed to bringing 20 countries into our Transparency Program by 2022 to advance responsible fisheries management. We’re working with governments to publish their Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) to our platform to strengthen monitoring and support enforcement.

Global Fishing Watch uses publicly broadcast AIS data to track fishing vessel movements. While AIS is required for the largest vessels that catch a disproportionately large amount of seafood, adding VMS data, which is required by many governments, to the Global Fishing Watch map provides an even clearer view of global fishing activity.

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