Watch all the Fishing Activity in the World
Global Fishing Watch is a prototype of a new technology visualising all the trackable fishing activity across the world.
The technology is being created through a partnership between the non-profit Skytruth, conservation organisation Oceana and Google. Global Fishing Watch hopes to make international commercial fishing activity more transparent, empower citizens and governments to monitor and protect their fisheries and help minimise illegal fishing.
Since the 1950’s, 9 out of every 10 large fish have been caught by the global fishing fleet. Illeagal and misreported catches are estimated to cost the industry anywhere between €8 billion and €18 billion a year. Overfishing worldwide has therefore caused the collapse of the vast majority of fisheries around the world. For decades, this exploitative activity has remained undetectable, but Global Fishing Watch aims to make commercial fishing a more transparent business.
Using AIS (automatic identification system) satellite data, Global Fishing Watch can automatically visualise where and when every ship within the international commercial fishing fleet operate. Read more about AIS technology here.
The ocean remains one of the our most essential food sources, therefore restoring the world’s overfished fisheries to a sustainable and manageable level is a global priority. Global Fishing Watch hopes to engage members of the public to help monitor fishing activity and hold authorities accountable for ensuring global fisheries are sustained as they should be. As a result, the technology hopes to deter illegal fishing.
Watch the Global Fishing Watch prototype in action below and its findings from tracking over 25,000 vessels.
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Article by Jack Bartrop