Can Tourism Trump Tuna in Mexico?

This Global FIshing Watch map shows fishing activity (lighted dots) within and around the proposed Revillagigedo Marine Protected area [outlined in yellow] off the west coast of Mexico.

[UPDATE: On October 5, 2017, the Mexican government announced its intent to expand the Revillagigedo marine park into the largest protected area of its kind in North America. We are extremely proud that Global Fishing Watch contributed to this effort. Follow the link at the bottom of the page to read about the October 5 announcement.]

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 Mexico which owns the islands. Read more

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

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

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