Publications 2021-03-18T14:56:33-04:00

Global Fishing Watch and our research partners have produced the following publications and tools based on the application of our fishing activity data. These research products advance our understanding of fishing activity to better inform policy and market decisions governing fisheries sustainability. 

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Sala, E, et al, Protecting the global ocean for biodiversity, food and climate. Nature (2021). Read the paper

McDonald, G, C Costello, J Bone, R Cabral, V Farabee, T Hochberg, D Kroodsma, T Mangin, K Meng, O Zahn, Satellites can reveal global extent of forced labor in the world’s fishing fleet. PNAS (2020). Read the paperPress releaseBlogVisual blog

Carmine, G, J Mayorga, N A Miller, J Park, P N Halpin, G O Crespo, H Österblom, E Sala, J Jacquet, Who is the high seas fishing industry?
OnEarth. (2020). Read the paperPress release

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Seto, K, N Miller, M Young, Q Hanich, Toward transparent governance of transboundary fisheries: The case of Pacific tuna transshipment. Marine Policy. (2020). Read the paperBlog post

San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

White, TD, T Ong, F Ferretti, BA Block, DJ McCauley, F Micheli, GA De Leo, Tracking the response of industrial fishing fleets to large marine protected areas in the Pacific Ocean. Conservation Biology. (2020). Read the paper

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Costello, C, K Millage, S Eisenbarth, E Galarza, G Ishimura, L L Rubino, V Saccomanno, U R Sumaila & K Strauss, Ambitious subsidy reform by the WTO presents opportunities for ocean health restoration. Sustainability Science. (2020). Read the paper

Park, J, J.Lee, K Seto, T Hochberg, BA Wong, NA Miller, K Takasaki, H Kubota, Y Oozeki, S Doshi, M Midzik, Q Hanich, B Sullivan, P Woods, DA Kroodsma, Illuminating dark fishing fleets in North Korea. Sci. Adv. 6, eabb1197 (2020). Read the paperBlog post2019 analysisMedia kitPress release

Long, T, S Widjaja, H Wirajuda, S Juwana, Nature Food. 1, pages389–391(2020). Read the commentRead the paper

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Visalli, ME, BD Best, RB Cabral, WWL Cheung, NA Clark, C Garilao, K Kaschner et al. 2020. Data-driven approach for highlighting priority areas for protection in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. Marine Policy. 103927. Read the paper

Villaseñor-Derbez, JC, J Lynham, C Costello. 2020. Environmental market design for large-scale marine conservation. Nature Sustainability. 1-7.  Read the paper  – Blog post

Lynham, J, A Nikolaev, J Raynor, T Vilela, and JC Villaseñor-Derbez. 2020. Impact of two of the world’s largest protected areas on longline fishery catch rates. Nature Communications. 11, 979. Read the paper


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Queiroz, N, NE Humphries, […] DW Sims. 2019. Global spatial risk assessment of sharks under the footprint of fisheries. Nature. 572(7770), 461-466. Blog post

Guiet, J, E Galbraith, DA Kroodsma, B Worm. 2019. Seasonal variability in global industrial fishing effort. PLoS ONE. 14(5): e0216819.

Hsu, FC, CD Elvidge, K Baugh, M Zhizhin, T Ghosh, DA Kroodsma, A Susanto, W Budy, M Riyanto, R Nurzeha, and Y Sudarja. 2019. Cross-Matching VIIRS Boat Detections with Vessel Monitoring System Tracks in Indonesia. Remote Sensing. 11(9), 995. Read paper

White, TD, F Ferretti, DA Kroodsma, EL Hazen, AB Carlisle, KL Scales, SJ Bograd and BA Block. 2019. Predicted hotspots of overlap between highly migratory fishes and industrial fishing fleets in the northeast Pacific.

Dureuil, M, K Boerder, KA Burnett, R Froese, B Worm. 2018. Elevated trawling inside protected areas undermines conservation outcomes in a global fishing hot spot.

Ford, JH, D Peel, D Kroodsma, BD Hardesty, U Rosebrock, C Wilcox. 2018. Detecting suspicious activities at sea based on anomalies in Automatic Identification Systems transmissions.

Bradley, D, J Mayorga, DJ McCauley, RB Cabral, P Douglas, SD Gaines. 2018. Leveraging satellite technology to create true shark sanctuaries.

McDermott, GR, KC MengGG McDonaldC Costello. 2018. The blue paradox: Preemptive overfishing in marine reserves.   – Reply to Hanich et al

Kroodsma, DA, J Mayorga, T Hochberg, N.A. Miller, K Boerder, F Ferretti, A Wilson, B Bergman, T.D. White, B.A. Block, P Woods, B Sullivan, C Costello, B Worm. 2018. Response to Comment on “Tracking the global footprint of fisheries.” Science. 361(6404), eaat7789. Read the response

Ortuno Crespo, G, D.C. Dunn, G Reygondeau, K Boerder, B Worm, W Cheung, D.P. Tittensor, P Halpin. 2018. The environmental niche of the global high seas pelagic longline fleet. Science Advances. 4(8): EAAT3681. Read paperBlog post – Press release

McCauley, DJ, C Jablonicky, E.H. Allison, C.D. Golden, F.H. Joyce, J Mayorga, and D Kroodsma. 2018. Wealthy countries dominate industrial fishing. Science Advances. 4(8):EAAU2161.  Read paperPress release

Boerder, K, NA Miller, B Worm. 2018. Global hot spots of transshipment of fish catch at sea. Science Advances. 4(7), eaat7159. Read paperPress release

Miller NA, A Roan, T Hochberg , J Amos  and DA Kroodsma. 2018. Identifying Global Patterns of Transshipment Behavior. Front. Mar. Sci. 5:240. Read paperBlog post – Press release

Sala, E, J Mayorga, C Costello, D Kroodsma, M.L.D. Palomares, D Pauly, U.R. Sumaila, D Zeller. 2018. The Economics of High Seas Fishing. Science Advances. 4(6), eaat2504. Read paperBlog postTED TalkNational Geographic special feature

Dunn, DC, C Jablonicky, GO Crespo, DJ McCauley, DA Kroodsma, K Boerder, KM Gjerde, PN Halpin. 2018. Empowering High Seas Governance with Satellite Vessel Tracking Data. Fish and Fisheries. 19(4), 729-739. Read paper

Cabral, RB, J Mayorga, M Clemence, J Lynham, S Koeshendrajana, U Muawanah, D Nugroho, Z Anna, Mira, A Ghofar, N Zulbainarni, S Gaines, C Costello. 2018. Rapid and lasting gains from solving illegal fishing. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2: 650–658. Read paperBlog post

Kroodsma, DA, J Mayorga, T Hochberg, NA Miller, K Boerder, F Ferretti, A Wilson, B Bergman, TD White, BA Block, P Woods, B Sullivan, C Costello, B Worm. 2018. Tracking the Global Footprint of Fisheries. Science. 359, 6378: 904-908. Read paperPaper Summary – Data Interactive

  • Kroodsma, DA, Sullivan B. Protecting Marine World Heritage from space. 2016. The Future of the World Heritage Convention for marine conservation: celebrating 10 years of the World Heritage Marine Programme. 35-48. Read paper

Kroodsma, DA, NA Miller, A Roan. 2017. The Global View of Transshipment: Revised Preliminary Findings. Global Fishing Watch, SkyTruth. Read paper – Blog post

White, TD, AB Carlisle, DA Kroodsma, BA Block, R Casagrandi, GD De Leo, M Gatto, F. Micheli, DJ McCauley. Assessing the effectiveness of a large marine protected area for reef shark conservation. Biological Conservation. 207: 64–71. Read paper – Blog post

Jablonicky, C, D McCauley, D Kroodsma, K Boerder, D Dunn. 2016. Satellite tracking to monitor area-based management tools & identify governance gaps in fisheries beyond national jurisdiction. Policy Brief. Nereus Program. Read paper

Robards, MD, GK Silber, JD Adams, J Arroyo, D Lorenzini, K Schwehr, J Amos. 2016. Conservation science and policy applications of the marine vessel Automatic Identification System (AIS)—a review. Bulletin of Marine Science. 92: 75–103. Read paper

de Souza, EN, K Boerder, S Matwin, B Worm. 2016. Improving Fishing Pattern Detection from Satellite AIS Using Data Mining and Machine Learning. PLOS ONE. 11, e0158248. Read paper – Blog post

McCauley, DJ, P Woods, B Sullivan, B Bergman, C Jablonicky, A Roan, M Hirshfield, K Boerder, B Worm. 2016. Ending hide and Seek at Sea. Science 351: 1148-1150. Read paper – Blog post