Platform Updates

2022 June – Global Fishing Watch map – First global layer of radar detections (SAR) and improvements to vessel tracks

Global radar detections highlighted in lilac around the world, showing vessels that may not appear in other cooperative tracking systems.
Global radar detections, showing vessels that may not appear in other cooperative tracking systems.

Global Fishing Watch has released updates to the map and marine manager portal

    • Radar to view vessels at sea that may not appear in cooperative tracking systems – Global Fishing Watch has added a global radar detections layer, derived from synthetic aperture radar or SAR, to display at-sea vessels, in any weather conditions. SAR can show vessel detections that can not be picked up by other cooperative tracking systems (e.g. AIS, automatic identification systems, or VMS, vessel monitoring systems).
    • Viewing apparent fishing activity alongside presence of other non-fishing vessels in the same map – Understanding how our ocean is used goes beyond just fishing. For the first time, you can now view non-fishing activity to understand presence of vessels directly alongside apparent fishing effort and detections in the map. 
    • Clearer distinctions of vessel events through time – We’ve improved how events on a track are visualized alongside an improved method to understand the activity of any vessel at a specific time using the timebar.

Find supporting information and tutorials on the Global Fishing Watch website. Share feedback through the built-in feedback form in the left sidebar on the marine manager portal and map. Email support@globalfishingwatch.org for support.

Release –  Wednesday 8 June

2022 April – Global Fishing Watch map – Matching identity information and night light detections for vessels in the Global Fishing Watch map

Night light vessel detections (VIIRS) matching around Galapagos showing vessel identities
Night light vessel detections (VIIRS) matching around Galapagos showing vessel identities

Global Fishing Watch has released updates to the map and marine manager portal

    • Shining a light on vessels fishing at night – Global Fishing Watch has developed an advanced experimental system to match available automatic identification system (AIS) data to respective night light vessel detections (VIIRS). 
    • Radiance of lights at night – Filter the night light vessel detections layer by radiance – how much light the VIIRS sensor “sees”.  This can be useful for analysts to differentiate between different fishing methods at night. 
    • FAO major fishing areas – Human activity can be analyzed around FAO major fishing areas and subareas. 
    • Latitude and longitude grids – Understand more about the area you’re investigating with the addition of latitude longitude grids (also known as graticules) to your map.
    • Dynamic environmental data coloring – In the marine manager portal, environmental layers now dynamically respond to the area you are looking at and the time range you’ve selected to support improved visualization and analysis. 

Find supporting information and tutorials on the Global Fishing Watch website. Share feedback through the built-in feedback form in the left sidebar on the marine manager portal and map. Email support@globalfishingwatch.org for support.

Release –  Thursday April 7

2022 February – Global Fishing Watch Carrier Vessels – Encounters and loitering data in near real time

Global Fishing Watch has released updates to the carrier vessel portal:

  • 72 hours delay for the data – Our data is now updated more frequently with only a 72 hour delay.
  • New pending status – “Pending updated registry data” – As we are updating the data more frequently, we are identifying those events where authorization status from registry information is still pending.
  • Updating “Unknown authorization” as “Not matched to RFMO registry” – We want to clarify the situation where events have registry information but no discovered authorization. This does not mean events where not authorized, just that the information can not be found. 
CVP New status “Pending updated registry data”
The carrier vessel portal with more frequently updated data and new statuses for pending information and encounters without a known authorization status.
 
Find supporting information and tutorials on the Global Fishing Watch website. Email support@globalfishingwatch.org for support.
 
Release –  Tuesday February 15 

2021 December – Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager – Changes in activity over time, flexible download formats and more

Global Fishing Watch has released updates to the marine manager portal and map:

  • Understanding changes in activity over time – Anyone with an internet connection can now compare a baseline of apparent fishing activity in a particular area against another time period, and analyze those changes over time. A researcher interested in how fishers respond to marine protected areas (MPAs), for instance, can compare vessel traffic within the MPA before and after its establishment.
Image showing before/after comparison in the Galapagos exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the marine manager portal
Managers and researchers can examine changes over time either before and after any dates of interest, or by selecting two periods of time to compare. In this case, we are examining activity six months either side of June 2019. The graph shows how activity changes over time and the map shows areas where fishing activity has decreased (blue grid cells) and areas where fishing activity has increased (red grid cells).
  • Drawing custom reference layers – In addition to our built-in reference layers showing exclusive economic zones and MPAs, users can easily draw their own reference layer right on the map. They don’t need to be a GIS or mapping specialist to delineate areas where they want to rapidly analyze human activity.
  • Downloading datasets in the format you need – Data that is more user friendly can save researchers a lot of time and headache. With improvements to the marine manager portal, users can download data in multiple formats with new options in spatial and temporal resolution, meaning that managers and researchers now have access to fishing activity data with minimal data wrangling, helping streamline research and management plans.
Image showing flexible download options when selecting an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the marine manager portal
Managers and researchers are now able to download Global Fishing Watch automatic identification system (AIS) activity data in more flexible formats.
  • Understanding when and where vessels go to port – In addition to fishing, encounter and loitering events on vessel tracks, you can now view when and where vessels go to port.
  • Performance improvements – We have implemented performance improvements completed with help from our partner sites ensure the map and marine manager portal works well even in remote areas.

Find supporting information and tutorials on the Global Fishing Watch website. Share feedback through the built-in feedback form in the left sidebar on the marine manager portal and map. Email support@globalfishingwatch.org for support.

Release – Thursday 9 December.

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