Global Fishing Watch and Dona Bertarelli have partnered to develop Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager, a new technology portal to support the effective design, management and monitoring of protected areas.
About Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager
Marine protected areas are an essential tool in the recovery and protection of our ocean and the essential services it provides. They help sustain biodiversity in the face of rising water temperatures and ocean acidification, and help create safe havens for fish populations to replenish. But management is often hampered by inadequate information to support decision-making.
To help address this, Global Fishing Watch and Dona Bertarelli have partnered to develop Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager, a new technology portal that will help improve insight into marine protected areas. Dona Bertarelli’s vision in creating Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager was to ensure robust and science-based management to fully realize the vital contribution of protected areas, and with time, monitor the quality, efficiency and impact of those protections on the long term.
The portal empowers managers to rapidly collate and analyze scientific data integral to the governance of marine protected areas and other area-based conservation measures.
How the portal works
Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager is an innovative, open-access technology portal. It provides dynamic and interactive data on ocean conditions, biology and human-use activity in near real-time to support marine spatial planning, marine protected area design and management, and scientific research.
Human-use data includes commercial fishing activity and non-fishing vessel activity, offshore oil drilling, seabed mining, cargo transportation and fuel supply.
Oceanographic data covers information like currents, bathymetry and seamounts, as well as salinity and sea surface temperature data to understand climate change impacts over time.
Biological and ecological data can be used to analyze primary biological productivity, such as chlorophyll a, and can help predict species habitat suitability.
Maritime zoning data includes the boundaries of marine protected areas, exclusive economic zones, fishing grounds and the ability to upload other unique data specific to the jurisdiction.
The portal in action
The portal includes private workspaces for marine managers and researchers to interpret relevant data. The workspaces include tools to generate spatial and time-series analysis and visualize multiple layered datasets.
Registered users can also upload static layers and time-series data to their workspaces, including animal telemetry information, and download data for advanced research techniques.
Inaugural partners using the portal include management authorities responsible for the iconic Galápagos Islands—one of the most biologically diverse marine reserves in the world—and the globally-significant Ascension Island marine protected area—a protected area that has never had significant fishing activity.
Other important marine areas in Guyana, Tristan da Cunha and Niue are included in the launch of the portal, with more sites to join as the technology develops.
Global Fishing Watch hopes the new portal will transform the ocean community’s ability to understand, monitor and protect important marine ecosystems. The revolutionary technology and accessible, science-based data can make a vital contribution to global efforts to improve oversight of human activity in and around marine protected areas and help facilitate stewardship of marine resources.