A gannet forages an easy mean alongside a trawler at port in Capetown, South Africa. Photo: Lucy Kemp/Marine photobank

Mystery Solved: Where Albatrosses and Fishing Vessels Meet at Sea

It is the quintessential herald of a fishing vessel on the horizon: a swarming congregation of seabirds, gliding and diving in the distance, sun glinting on white wings as a cacophony of cries echoes across the water. Picturesque as it may be, the scene represents one of the largest threats to the survival of many seabirds. Read more

Shark Fins from an illegal capture. (NOAA)

Right on Target, Satellite Monitoring Guided a Police Chase on the Open Ocean

The sheer size of the ocean poses one of the biggest challenges to curbing illegal fishing, especially for a tiny island nation like Palau whose territorial waters encompass a swath of ocean nearly the size of Texas. With just three vessels comprising the government’s patrol fleet, there has been little hope of defending Palauan waters from poachers. Read more

Chinese Fishing Vessel Fu Yuan Yu (courtesy Sea Shepherd)

Our Analyst Nets Another IUU Bust

We’re in the business of putting the simple truth on the table for others to see. So for us, there’s nothing more rewarding than learning that the information we share has been used to accomplish something important.

In early 2016, observations we posted on the SkyTruth blog initiated a chain of events that exposed a fleet of vessels fishing illegally in the Southern Indian Ocean. Read more