The western and central Pacific Ocean has some of the world’s largest fisheries. It accounts for over 50 percent of the global tuna catch and is home to a number of small island developing States and territories, including 15 that are members of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. While small in size, these islands are regarded as “large ocean States.” Their exclusive economic zones cover almost 8 million square miles (20 million square kilometers)—larger than the land area of Russia—and therefore have significant influence in regional fisheries, as well as those around the world.
Global Fishing Watch is working with various partners throughout the Pacific to deliver transshipment analyses, enhanced monitoring of marine protected areas, and overall data transparency. We are also working to pilot a machine learning model that uses automatic identification system data to identify fishing vessels at higher risk of using forced labor on board. Through strong bilateral relationships, we hope to build a solid foundation with Pacific island nations and regional organizations.
Fisheries are central to the economies, food security and cultural identities of Pacific island communities. By providing the right data and tools, we have the means to support regional efforts in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and bolstering the sustainable management of marine resources.
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