EU Fishing Fleet Monitoring
Global Fishing Watch
The uncontrolled increase in fishing activities in many Mediterranean areas has led to chronic overfishing and left most marine life endangered. Despite some measures to contain fishing effort and reduce at least the EU fleet capacity, there are not yet clear signs of an inversion of the exploitation trend. Furthermore, very little has been done to manage the impact of Mediterranean fisheries on the wider environment – contributing to the dire situation of the Mediterranean Sea.
Global Fishing Watch is analysing fishing activity in areas with sensitive habitats, in support of marine protected area designation and enforcement in the Mediterranean Sea. This analysis will use the public data available on the EU fleet and merge it with other detection methods such as Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which will allow detection of the ‘dark fleet’ — those not sharing their position with Automatic Information System (AIS).
For more information visit: https://globalfishingwatch.org/