Entries by Nathan Miller

Transshipment Report Refined

Our commitment to open data and transparency is paying off. Input from Global Fishing Watch users and the public, is helping us refine and improve our analyses. Today, we’re publishing an update to our groundbreaking transshipment report. Download the report and data now.

Example of AIS Data for One Vessel

This post originally appeared on our Data Blog  The sample vessel track below shows position broadcasts of the Jin Sheng No.2, a Chinese fishing vessel with mmsi number 413270430. Over three weeks in March of 2015, this vessel steamed from the central Pacific to the coast of Japan, Korea, and China. While moving, a vessel […]

What Can We See When AIS Signals Disappear?

We are often asked about how Global Fishing Watch can be effective when vessel captains can simply turn off their AIS. And our answer has always been, “they have to turn it back on sometime—especially when entering port, and intentional blackouts raise a red flag.” Our recent analysis of fleet activity around the Argentine EEZ […]

AIS GAPS BY FLEET: January 1, 2017 – July 10,2017 On the maps below, each point indicates the start of a gap in AIS signals from a fishing vessel lasting more than 24 hours. [Read about our AIS gap analysis around the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone] Number of gaps by flag state:

Guest Post: An Ocean With Neither Pirates Nor Slaves

John Hocevar is the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA. His team has been using Global Fishing Watch to help focus their attention on specific areas within known hotspots of illegal activity. John is a co-author on a paper in the current issue of the journal Marine Policy that presents arguments for a moratorium on […]

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 […]