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News & Views 2018-05-14T06:00:17+00:00

Global Fishing Watch is lucky to have the support of individuals in government, research, industry, and advocacy organizations. We are also fortunate that they have been so willing to share their perspectives on transparency and the work we are doing.

Sharp decline in foreign fishing boats in Indonesian waters – Global Fishing Watch analysis

By | July 24th, 2019|

Jakarta, Indonesia - The presence of foreign fishing vessels in Indonesian waters has declined significantly since a ban was enacted in November 2014 by the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, according to new [...]

The capture of the MV NIKA: a case of illicit fishing and a showcase for how to beat it

By | July 23rd, 2019|

A notorious vessel wanted in several jurisdictions was recently seized by Indonesia. Here’s the story of how international cooperation between INTERPOL, Indonesia, the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) - [...]

For better or worse, technology is taming the high seas

By | June 4th, 2019|

Ahead of World Oceans Day 2019, Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch CEO, reflects on how a technology revolution is transforming our relationship with the global ocean, enabling us to see what’s happening beyond the [...]

Canadian government commits funding to Global Fishing Watch

By | May 21st, 2019|

Toronto, Canada - Today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, reaffirmed the Government of Canada's commitment to combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing at the Collision Conference in Toronto. [...]

Chile to publish vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

By | May 15th, 2019|

Oceana and Global Fishing Watch Applaud Chile’s Leadership on Fisheries Transparency The Chilean government today signed an agreement to make its vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map, which [...]

World’s largest commercial fishery publicly tracked on Global Fishing Watch map

By | May 3rd, 2019|

This year’s first fishing season for Peruvian anchovy opens on May 4th and for the first time ever anyone can track the fishing fleet as the season progresses, thanks to the recent agreement to [...]

Panama signs agreement to make its fishing fleet visible to the world

By | March 20th, 2019|

Nota de Prensa en español Panama City, 20 March 2019 - Panama today signed a formal agreement to make its national vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map platform, demonstrating [...]

Indonesia must continue marine transparency leadership

By | February 14th, 2019|

Jakarta, Indonesia - Ahead of the presidential election debate, the international non-profit organisation, Global Fishing Watch, calls on presidential candidates to commit to transparency in the management of the marine and fisheries sector, in order [...]

New Data And Analysis Cell To Help Combat Illegal Fishing

By | February 14th, 2019|

Global Fishing Watch bolsters intelligence and analysis capabilities to support global efforts to improve transparency and marine governance. Global Fishing Watch (GFW), with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, today launched a new Data and [...]

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Antha Williams talks transparency

By | February 11th, 2019|

How do you see Global Fishing Watch (GFW) supporting Bloomberg’s Vibrant Oceans Initiative? Until Global Fishing Watch was launched, the world was relying on an inefficient, patchy network of antiquated, siloed, and proprietary data [...]

More fishing inside, more sharks outside marine protected areas

By | December 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

Global Fishing Watch 2018 – the year in transparency

By | December 18th, 2018|

After just over a year at the helm, Global Fishing Watch CEO, Tony Long, reflects on how a freely accessible and near real-time digital map of the global ocean is exposing illegal fishing and [...]

How Oceana used Global Fishing Watch data to promote transparency at sea during 2018

By | December 18th, 2018|

With increased transparency, we can see beyond the horizon and address the threats facing our oceans. Global Fishing Watch’s (GFW) mapping platform increases the transparency of commercial fishing activities worldwide, empowering Oceana and others [...]

Global Fishing Watch data key to MPA victory in Argentina

By | December 13th, 2018|

Camellia Williams is a Lead Writer at Vizzuality. See her original blog post here.  We love hearing stories about people changing the world with the things we help make. This month we were contacted [...]

Global Fishing Watch and U.S. Coast Guard look to advance research on illegal fishing

By | December 11th, 2018|

Global Fishing Watch is teaming up with the United States Coast Guard Research & Development Center (CG RDC) to conduct research on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and share analysis to advance global [...]

Peru’s Vessel Tracking Data Now Publicly Available Through Global Fishing Watch

By | October 25th, 2018|

Global Fishing Watch and Oceana applaud Peru’s leadership on fisheries transparency Washington, D.C. Friday October 26th - As world leaders prepare to gather in Bali, Indonesia for the fifth-annual Our Ocean conference, Peru has [...]

New map features – from improved custom layer uploads to updated MPA layers

By | October 25th, 2018|

Today, we are releasing an updated version of the Global Fishing Watch map that is easier to use and includes several new features. It also increases your ability to customize the map view. This [...]

How can vessel tracking technology help to create true shark sanctuaries?

By | October 18th, 2018|

Darcy Bradley is a postdoctoral researcher at University of California - Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Her recent publication in Conservation Letters, Leveraging satellite technology to create true shark sanctuaries, examined [...]

New partnership to strengthen transparency in fisheries in the Eastern Tropical Pacific

By | October 11th, 2018|

San José, Costa Rica -The global non-profit organisation, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) and PACÍFICO, a coordination platform comprised of four environmental funds in Central and Latin America, have entered into a formal collaboration with the [...]

“The blue paradox” published in PNAS

By | September 25th, 2018|

Can you actually make a problem worse by promising to solve it? That’s a conundrum that policymakers face — often unwittingly — on a variety of issues. A famous, if controversial, example comes from [...]

Canada takes aim at illegal fishing as momentum grows for global ocean action

By | September 24th, 2018|

Last week, G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministers convened in Halifax, on Canada’s rugged Atlantic coast, to tackle some of the most pressing threats facing our planet. The ministers were tasked with advancing climate [...]

Canadian government declares support for Global Fishing Watch

By | September 20th, 2018|

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, has made a formal statement of support for the work of Global Fishing Watch. The announcement was made during the the second [...]

At the G7, youth call for innovation challenge and labelling standards to address IUU fishing

By | September 20th, 2018|

This post was contributed by Kathryn Pundyk and Angelique Pouponneau. “Globally, 1 in 5 fish is caught illegally, resulting in losses of between USD$10 billion and $23.5 billion every year.” Tony Long, CEO of [...]

New research partnership to investigate illegal fishing in the North Pacific Ocean

By | September 13th, 2018|

Tokyo, Japan. 13 September 2018 - The Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA) has entered into a formal collaboration with the global non-profit organisation, Global Fishing Watch, and the Australian National Centre for [...]

How satellite data and artificial intelligence are putting a spotlight on our blue planet

By | September 12th, 2018|

Tony Long, CEO, Global Fishing Watch Imagine being told that a vital and valuable resource, found in an area covering almost half the surface of the Earth, was being extracted, with barely [...]

Half the Ocean? A Response to the University of Washington’s Blog

By | September 11th, 2018|

On the pages of Science Magazine (comment and response), Twitter, the University of Washington's Sustainable Fisheries blog, and The Atlantic, my co-authors and I have engaged in a healthy debate with University of Washington researchers about [...]

World’s First Legally Binding Treaty to Protect the High Seas: Landmark UN Negotiations Open

By | September 4th, 2018|

New York, 4 September 2018: Treaty negotiations to conserve and protect nearly two thirds of the ocean open today at the United Nations (UN) in what is widely regarded as the greatest opportunity in [...]

Measuring the Footprint of Fisheries

By | August 23rd, 2018|

Earlier this year we published in Science the first global assessment of fishing activity using AIS data, providing an unprecedented view into the activity of tens of thousands of large, industrial fishing vessels. We’ve [...]

Global Fishing Watch provides training to Peru’s vessel surveillance group

By | August 15th, 2018|

We were very pleased to complete a three day training session this month in Lima with the Peruvian Ministry of Production’s vessel surveillance division. It was an opportunity for us to share the latest [...]

Close encounters of the fishy kind

By | June 8th, 2018|

New data reveals suspected vessel rendezvous at sea and sheds light on the ‘dark’ fleet To mark World Oceans Day, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) has increased ocean transparency by releasing the first-ever ‘live’ global [...]

Satellite tracking shows the economics of much high seas fishing does not add up

By | June 6th, 2018|

Kristina M. Gjerde,  Senior High Seas Advisor. IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme As the countdown continues to September’s historic first round of United Nations treaty talks on the conservation and sustainable [...]

Tackling Unknowns to Advance Ocean Sustainability

By | March 16th, 2018|

Furthering innovation and collaboration is at the heart of Global Fishing Watch’s mission to advance responsible stewardship of our oceans through increased transparency. Tony Long, CEO Global Fishing Watch Our Research Partners program, [...]

Part II: How Ocean Science And Technology Can Address IUU Fishing And Secure National, Economic, and Food Security Worldwide

By | September 25th, 2017|

Jonathan White is a retired Rear Admiral for the United States Navy and the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Last week, in this blog, he discussed how [...]

Part I: Illegal Fishing – A Threat to National, Economic, and Food Security Worldwide

By | September 19th, 2017|

Jonathan White is a retired Rear Admiral for the United States Navy and the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Out of sight – out of mind. If [...]

Year One Opened a New Era of Transparency in Commercial Fishing – What’s Next?

By | September 15th, 2017|

When Global Fishing Watch launched last year, we opened a new era of transparency in commercial fishing. For the first time, an interactive platform for tracking the location and behavior of the largest commercial fishing [...]

A Word From Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch’s New CEO

By | September 12th, 2017|

In early June of this year, at the first United Nations Ocean Conference, something unprecedented happened in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Convinced by the Global [...]

Welcome to Our New CEO, Tony Long

By | September 6th, 2017|

Today, Global Fishing Watch has announced the appointment of Tony Long as Chief Executive Officer. Tony becomes the first permanent CEO of Global Fishing Watch. He comes to us from The Pew Charitable [...]

An Ocean With Neither Pirates Nor Slaves

By | June 26th, 2017|

John Hocevar is the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA. His team has been using Global Fishing Watch to help focus their attention on specific areas within known hotspots of illegal activity. John is a [...]

Global Fishing Watch Makes a Splash at the UN Ocean Conference

By | June 13th, 2017|

A traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony complete with meke dancing. Giant sculptures of sea creatures made of ocean trash along the East River. Announcements of MPA designations and other commitments to marine conservation by leaders from [...]

New Release Beta 2.0 – You Asked, We Delivered

By | May 18th, 2017|

Today, we are releasing a brand new version of the Global Fishing Watch interactive map that is easier to use and adds nearly 25,000 new vessels. It also increases your ability to customize the map [...]

Fisheries Stakeholders Offer Insights to New Uses and Expanded Datasets

By | May 11th, 2017|

During the first two weeks of May, a team of Global Fishing Watch developers, designers and project managers gathered in Europe with members of our user community to teach, learn and brainstorm improvements and new [...]

Our Recent Webinar Success Bodes Well for More to Come

By | March 13th, 2017|

Last Monday, we held a webinar in which 48 registered Global Fishing Watch users had an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, two of the authors of our recent report “The Global Footprint [...]

Interview with Google’s Brian Sullivan

By | November 30th, 2016|

As a Senior Program Manager for Google Ocean & Earth Outreach Brian Sullivan is Google’s lead on Global Fishing Watch. Over the years, he has managed digital divide programs in West Africa, toted Google’s Street [...]

A New Angle on Baltic Sea Cod = Upheaval for the Fishery

By | November 14th, 2016|

Last month, the EU Fisheries Council of Ministers slashed next year’s catch quota for the Western Baltic Sea cod by 56 percent. It was a bold move that has fishermen concerned for their livelihoods and [...]

Whaling off the map

By | October 26th, 2016|

Are whaling vessels that operate without using aids to avoid vessel collision putting the safety of biodiversity and people at risk?   This week the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has convened in Slovenia. The gathering [...]

An Interview with Jackie Savitz, Oceana’s Vice President for U.S. Oceans

By | October 13th, 2016|

Oceana’s Vice President for the United States and Global Fishing Watch, Jackie Savitz, has spent her career on the front lines of the fight to protect and save the world’s oceans. After earning her master’s [...]

Breaking Ground Means Breaking News

By | October 11th, 2016|

It’s been three weeks since we launched Global Fishing Watch, and the new technology platform has created a buzz around the globe from Europe to Southeast Asia, China, Brazil, Costa Rica, Australia and even landlocked parts of [...]

Exploring a New World of Data with Team Member Aaron Roan

By | October 6th, 2016|

If you’ve grown accustomed to the idea that everything in our world is traceable—from airplanes to cell phones to personal browsing history and purchasing habits—it may seem like a no-brainer that we can use publicly broadcast Automatic [...]

We’ve Launched!

By | September 17th, 2016|

Last Thursday, we kicked off the public launch of Global Fishing Watch with an announcement by actor and ocean advocate Leonardo DiCaprio at the Our Ocean Conference in Washington, DC. After the announcement, organizer and [...]

Interview with Michael Hirshfield: Chief Scientist and Strategy Officer, Oceana

By | September 8th, 2016|

Dr. Michael Hirshfield oversees Oceana’s new offices in the Philippines, Canada and Brazil, and ensures that Oceana’s policy advocacy is solidly based on the latest scientific information. Throughout his long career, Dr. Hirshfield has worked [...]

Interview with Chris Costello: Environmental Economist

By | August 20th, 2016|

A 2016 recipient of the prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Award, Dr. Christopher Costello is a professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara. His work [...]

Global Fishing Watch Well Received in Jakarta

By | August 16th, 2016|

Last week our Chief Technology Officer Paul Woods and Google’s lead on the project, Brian Sullivan traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, to participate in the South-East Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit. As part of the Economist [...]

Interview with Marine Ecologist Dr. Doug McCauley

By | July 23rd, 2016|

Last year, Dr. Doug McCauley told the New York Times that humanity may be on the verge of creating a mass extinction in the seas unless we can rapidly change our course. McCauley and his [...]

Interview with Marine Ecologist, Boris Worm

By | July 10th, 2016|

Dr. Boris Worm is a world renowned marine ecologist and professor of marine conservation biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Co-author or primary author of more than 100 articles in leading science journals, [...]

Making Headlines: We’re On to Something!

By | June 9th, 2016|

It’s been less than two years since we first demonstrated the Global Fishing Watch prototype in public, and the media coverage hasn’t stopped. Since announcing the prototype we’ve been featured in more than 100 publications [...]

Peter Benchley Ocean Awards: Global Fishing Watch Partners Win Big

By | June 2nd, 2016|

For a gathering of enthusiastic supporters of ocean conservation, you can’t do better than the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. Referred to as the “Academy Awards for the Ocean” the event honors individuals from a variety [...]