Revolutionizing Ocean Monitoring
Global Fishing Watch
The uncontrolled increase in fishing activities in Europe has led to chronic overfishing and left much of the 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, destructive fishing practices, such as bottom trawling, contribute to the release of carbon — intensifying the climate crisis.
Global Fishing Watch is analysing fishing activity in areas with sensitive habitats, in support of marine protected area designation and enforcement. They 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). Using these methods, GFW aims to better quantify and map where bottom trawling occurs and help fisheries governance and impacts on climate change, by refining the algorithms applied in global surveillance data.
For more information visit: https://globalfishingwatch.org/