Entries by Samantha Emmert

Multi Media: First Public View of Indonesian Fishing Fleet from Government VMS data

For more information, contact: Kimbra Cutlip / Kimbra@skytruth.org /+1  443.871.1632 See the public Indonesia workspace map revealing Indonesian VMS data alongside AIS data. http://globalfishingwatch.org/indonesia-vms ALL MEDIA INCLUDED HERE IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THIS GOOGLE DRIVE Youtube Video available here: https://youtu.be/U0vgrj9GhoU  FOR IMAGES BELOW Credit: Global Fishing Watch, Inc., 2017 Captions: Global Fishing Watch uses publicly broadcast AIS signals to track fishing vessels. […]

Indonesia Makes its Fishing Fleet Visible to the World through Global Fishing Watch

[MULTI-MEDIA AVAILABLE HERE] View this on the Global Fishing Watch Map here: http://globalfishingwatch.org/indonesia-vms This week, at the United Nation’s Ocean Conference, the Republic of Indonesia becomes the first nation ever to publish Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data revealing the location and activity of its commercial fishing fleet. The new data being made public on the […]

New Release Beta 2.0 – You Asked, We Delivered

Today, we are releasing a brand new version of the Global Fishing Watch interactive map that is easier to use and adds nearly 25,000 new vessels. It also increases your ability to customize the map view and share your work. Beta Release 2.0. comes in response to some great feedback we’ve been getting from our registered […]

Global Fishing Watch Beta Release 2.0 Media Kit

Images represent new features on the Global Fishing Watch platform, web-based interactive map. For more information, contact: Kimbra Cutlip Kimbra@skytruth.org 443-871-1632 RIGHT CLICK ON IMAGES AND SELECT “SAVE IMAGE AS” TO DOWNLOAD   BELOW: This image shows the new map interface. Each lighted point on the map reveals a fishing vessel actively engaged in fishing over […]

AIS for Safety and Tracking: A Brief History

The maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a radio communications system by which vessels continuously broadcast their identity and position over public airwaves using unencrypted VHS radio signals. When it was developed almost 20 years ago, its primary purpose was to increase safety at sea: ships needed a better way to “see” each other and […]

Can Tourism Trump Tuna in Mexico?

  Last year, a study comparing the economic value of tourism and commercial fishing around a cluster of remote Eastern Pacific Islands put some hard numbers behind a proposal to create the one of the world’s largest Marine Protected Areas (MPA). Those numbers shifted the balance in a previously one-sided dialogue with the government of […]

86,490 Points on a Map: All Potential Transshipments

On February 22, we announced some remarkable new insights about what goes on between fishing vessels at sea. The artificial intelligence platform we developed found that over the past five years, there were more than 86,000 potential cases in which fishing vessels transferred their catch to refrigerated cargo ships at sea. The practice is called […]

Transshipment: A Global Footprint Never Seen Before

It’s been just over five months since Global Fishing Watch launched publicly, and this week, we hope to make another splash by not just mapping global fishing activity, but by providing an unprecedented view of very specific activity by a very specific class of vessels around the world. Today, at the Economist World Ocean Summit […]

Flag of Convenience or Cloak of Malfeasance?

In the U.S., you can’t slap a license plate on your car from a state you don’t live in. Not so for ships on the ocean. Of course, ships don’t have license plates; they have flags, but it’s not uncommon for a fishing vessel to fly a flag from a country that has no actual […]

The First-Ever Global View of Transshipment in Commercial Fishing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2017 Contacts: Kimbra Cutlip, Kimbra@skytruth.org +1.443.871.1632 David Kroodsma, DavidK@skytruth.org, +1.415.656.7540 Mara Harris, press@google.com Hidden No More: The First-Ever Global View of Transshipment in the Commercial Fishing Industry Transshipment, the transfer of goods from one boat to another, is a major pathway for illegally caught and unreported fish to enter the global […]

Mystery Moves: What’s Up in the Pacific?

Over the past couple of months, SkyTruth analyst Bjorn Bergman has been watching some interesting activity by the Chinese fishing fleet in the Pacific. A large Chinese flagged squid-fishing fleet had been fishing at the boundary of Peru’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) throughout the summer and fall of 2016. Then, near the middle of December, […]