Les escribo desde el Perú, donde acabo de presenciar el triunfo emocionante del equipo de Oceana.

Este carta de Andy Sharpless apareció por primera vez en el blog de Oceana.
Lea la versión original en ingles aquí.

Esta semana, el gobierno peruano cumplió con su compromiso de publicar sus datos nacionales de seguimiento de buques mediante la firma de un Memorando de Entendimiento. El compromiso inicial, que fue el resultado de la colaboración de Oceana con el gobierno peruano para aumentar la transparencia de la pesca comercial en las aguas del Perú, fue anunciado en la Conferencia Oceánica auspiciada por las Naciones Unidas a principios de este año. El Memorando firmado iniciará el proceso para poner a disposición del público los datos del Sistema de Monitoreo de Barcos (VMS) del Perú a través de Global Fishing Watch, primera plataforma que proporciona visión global de la actividad de pesca comercial *. Este compromiso es importante porque Perú, una de las naciones pesqueras más importantes a nivel mundial y hogar de una enorme pesquería de anchoa (históricamente la más grande del mundo), se ha comprometido a hacer su flota pesquera verdaderamente transparente.

Felicitamos al liderazgo de Perú por esta decisión, que no sólo ayudará a que sus propias pesquerías sean aún más abundantes, sino que también marcará el camino para que otras naciones promuevan la transparencia en el mar. Esta victoria es un paso importante tanto para salvar los océanos como para alimentar al mundo.
Este Memorando establece el marco para la cooperación y colaboración entre Global Fishing Watch y el Ministerio de Producción de Perú para brindar transparencia a los océanos del país Perú. Perú se convertirá en el segundo país (después de Indonesia) que incorpora  sus registros VMS a esta plataforma gratuita y disponible públicamente. Esta acción facilitará la identificación, seguimiento y detención de la pesca ilegal en los océanos de Perú y faculta al gobierno para hacer cumplir efectivamente sus leyes.

Creado por Oceana, SkyTruth y Google y lanzado en septiembre de 2016, Global Fishing Watch utiliza datos de radiodifusión pública del Sistema de Identificación Automática (AIS), recopilados por receptores satelitales y terrestres, para mostrar el movimiento de los buques a lo largo del tiempo. Global Fishing Watch utiliza esta información para rastrear el movimiento de los buques y clasificarlo como actividad de “pesca” o “actividad no pesquera”. Si bien el AIS es obligatorio para los buques de mayor tamaño que capturan una cantidad desproporcionadamente grande de pescado, la adición de datos VMS, que es requerido por algunos gobiernos, a la plataforma Global Fishing Watch proporcionará al mundo una visión aún más clara de la actividad pesquera en nuestros océanos. Juntos, los datos AIS y VMS ofrecen la información más precisa y completa, y los datos VMS de Perú agregarán información de unos 1.000 buques a Global Fishing Watch.

Global Fishing Watch es gratis y está disponible para cualquier persona con una conexión a Internet – te animo a que lo pruebes por ti mismo aquí.

Un océano saludable podría proporcionar a más de mil millones de personas una comida nutritiva todos los días, de una manera que sea verdaderamente sostenible. Un océano gestionado responsablemente podría ayudar a alimentar a todas estas personas mientras continúa apoyando la impresionante biodiversidad que hace que nuestros océanos sean tan maravillosos.

Para gestionar nuestros océanos con responsabilidad, debemos saber qué actividad pesquera se está llevando a cabo en el horizonte. Espero que el compromiso de Perú impulse a otros países a dar un paso adelante y aportar sus datos a esta plataforma para fomentar una gestión responsable a nivel mundial. Juntos, podemos salvar los océanos y ayudar a alimentar al mundo.

 

[Image above: Jim Simon (President, Oceana), Roberto Seminario (Ambassador, Peru Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Hector Soldi (Vice Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Peru), Maria Elena Rojas (FAO) and Patricia Majluf (Vice President for Peru, Oceana)–PRODUCE. Imagen publicada por primera vez aquí.

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]

On the maps above, each point indicates the start of a gap in AIS signals from a fishing vessel lasting more than 24 hours.

Number of gaps by flag state:

Embedding a Workspace into Your Own Website

A new feature in Global Fishing Watch is the ability to embed a workspace into your own website like this:

Once your workspace is in your web page like this one above, here are the things you can do:

  • Play the timeline: Click on the arrow next to the timeline
  • Move the map view: Click inside the workspace window and drag to move the map.
  • Zoom in or out: Using your mouse pad, scroll wheel or “shift +”and “shift -”  on your keyboard.
  • Go to the live workspace in Global Fishing Watch: Click on the title bar at the top of the workspace.

HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT:

STEP 1

Select Share in the lower right side of the workspace you would like to embed.

STEP 2

Select “Embed”

STEP 3

Select “Copy.”

STEP 4

Paste code into your website

 

[Here’s an example of a workspace added to a blog post about the use of geospatial technology and satellites to solve global problems written by someone who heard about Global Fishing Watch through word-of-mouth. ]

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. On the Global Fishing Watch heat map, every lighted point represents a fishing vessel. The blue points are vessels detected through AIS. The green points represent nearly 5,000 additional vessels revealed through Indonesia’s government Vessel Monitoring System. This data has never been made available to the public before now.

  1. CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO SELECT.
  2. A NEW WINDOW WILL OPEN.
  3. RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD HIGH RESOLUTION FILE.

 


Animated Gif Comparing AIS only with the addition of Indonesian VMS data

 


IMAGE 1: Side by side comparisson: 3.04 MB

Global Fishing Watch uses publicly broadcast AIS signals to track fishing vessels. On the Global Fishing Watch heat map, every lighted point represents a fishing vessel. The blue points are vessels detected through AIS, the green points represent nearly 5,000 additional vessels revealed through Indonesia’s Vessel Monitoring System data.

Global Fishing Watch uses publicly broadcast AIS signals to track fishing vessels. On the Global Fishing Watch heat map, every lighted point represents a fishing vessel. The blue points are vessels detected through AIS. The green points represent nearly 5,000 additional vessels revealed through Indonesia’s government Vessel Monitoring System. This data has never been made available to the public before now.

 


Image 2: Vertical Comparisson 2.88 MB

Global Fishing Watch uses publicly broadcast AIS signals to track fishing vessels. On the Global Fishing Watch heat map, every lighted point represents a fishing vessel. The blue points are vessels detected through AIS. The green points represent nearly 5,000 additional vessels revealed through Indonesia’s government Vessel Monitoring System. This data has never been made available to the public before now.


Image 3: Indonesian waters with AIS and VMS shown 2.0 MB

Global Fishing Watch uses publicly broadcast AIS signals to track fishing vessels. On the Global Fishing Watch heat map, every lighted point represents a fishing vessel. The blue points are vessels detected through AIS, the green points represent nearly 5,000 additional vessels revealed through Indonesia’s Vessel Monitoring System data.

Global Fishing Watch uses publicly broadcast AIS signals to track fishing vessels. On the Global Fishing Watch heat map, every lighted point represents a fishing vessel. The blue points are vessels detected through AIS. The green points represent nearly 5,000 additional vessels revealed through Indonesia’s government Vessel Monitoring System. This data has never been made available to the public before now.


Image 4: Global View .5 MB

Global Fishing Watch uses publicly broadcast AIS signals to track fishing vessels. On the Global Fishing Watch heat map, every lighted point represents a fishing vessel. The blue points are vessels detected through AIS, the green points represent nearly 5,000 additional vessels revealed through Indonesia’s Vessel Monitoring System data.

Global Fishing Watch uses publicly broadcast AIS signals to track fishing vessels. On the Global Fishing Watch heat map, every lighted point represents a fishing vessel. The blue points are vessels detected through AIS. The green points represent nearly 5,000 additional vessels revealed through Indonesia’s government Vessel Monitoring System. This data has never been made available to the public before now.

 

 

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 a sixth month period From November 1, 2016 through April 2017.

 


The image below shows fishing activity for specific flag-state fleets over a sixth month period From November 1, 2016 through April 2017. Light green shows all Chinese commercial fishing vessels and blue shows all Spanish commercial fishing vessels.

 


The still image and animated Gif below and the show a user-added custom layer of the Sargasso Sea boundary over the Global Fishing Watch heat map. Each lighted point on the map reveals a fishing vessel actively engaged in fishing over a sixth month period From November 1, 2016 through April 2017.

User Added Custom Layer jpg

This image shows the area defined as the Sargasso Sea over the Global Fishing Watch heat map.

User Added Custom Layer animated Gif

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 seafood market. It has also been associated with drug smuggling and slave labor. Illegal in many cases, transshipment has been largely invisible and nearly impossible to manage, because it often occurs far from shore and out of sight. Until now.

Today, with the release of our report, The Global View of Transshipment: Preliminary Findings, we present the first-ever global footprint of transshipment in the fishing industry. The report explains how data scientists from SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch (a partnership of Oceana, SkyTruth and Google) analyzed Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals from ships at sea to developed a tool to identify and track 90 percent of the world’s large refrigerated cargo vessels, ships that collect catch from multiple fishing boats at sea and carry it to port.

According to the analysis, from 2012 through 2016, refrigerated cargo vessels, known as “reefers,” participated in more than 5,000 likely transshipments (instances in which they rendezvoused with an AIS-broadcasting fishing vessel and drifted long enough to receive a catch). In addition, the data revealed more than 86,000 potential transshipments in which reefers exhibited transshipment-like behavior, but there were no corresponding AIS signals from fishing vessels. Brian Sullivan, Google’s lead for Global Fishing Watch, will present the findings at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Indonesia today. The report, along with the underlying data and our list of likely and suspected transshipments, will be freely available on our website, globalfishingwatch.org.

The global scale of transshipment and its ability to facilitate suspicious activity, such as illegal fishing and human rights abuses, is exposed in a complementary report being issued today by our partners at Oceana. The opportunity for mixing legal and illegal catch during the collection of fish from multiple fishing boats provides an easy route for illegal players to get their product to market. This obscures the seafood supply chain from hook to port and hobbles efforts at sustainability because it prevents an accurate measurement of the amount of marine life being taken from the sea.

Among the many findings, Global Fishing Watch data documents that transshipment in offshore coastal waters is more common in regions with a high proportion of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing than in regions where management is strong such as in North America and Europe. The data also revealed clusters of transshipment along the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of some countries, and inside those zones of nations rated strongly for corruption and having limited monitoring capabilities. “These correlations do not provide any proof of specific illegal behavior,” says Global Fishing Watch Research Program Director, David Kroodsma, and lead author on the report, “but they raise important questions and can lead to more informed international efforts by fisheries management organizations to prevent or better regulate transshipment.”

According to Oceana’s report, three of the top eight countries visited by reefers have not yet ratified an international treaty meant to eliminate illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, and therefore may have weaker regulations that would make it easier for illegally caught fish to enter the global marketplace. The report calls for the banning of transshipment at sea and expanded mandates for unique identifiers and vessel tracking for fishing vessels. Currently AIS is not required on all commercial vessels.

The new analytical tools SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch have developed using public domain AIS data can enable fisheries managers to identify and monitor transshipment anywhere in the world, permanently lifting the veil from the previously invisible practice of transshipment.

The results were obtained through an analysis of over 21 billion satellite signals from Automatic Identification System messages broadcast by ocean-going vessels between 2012 and 2016. Using an artificial intelligence system developed by Global Fishing Watch, Kroodsma’s team identified refrigerated cargo vessels based on their movement patterns. Verifying their results with confirmed fishery registries and open source online resources, they identified 794 reefers. That represents 90 percent of the world’s reefer vessels identified in 2010 according to the US Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook. Through further analysis, they mapped 5065 instances in which a reefer and a fishing vessel were moving at a certain speed within a certain proximity to one another for a certain length of time.) Our algorithm was verified by matching a subset of these “likely transshipments” to known transshipments recorded by fishing registries. The data also revealed 86,490 potential transshipments, instances in which reefers that appeared to be alone traveled in a pattern and at a speed consistent with transshipment. Their activity cannot be verified, but given that many fishing vessels turn off their AIS device when they do not want to be detected, and some fishing vessels do not have AIS, these events must be considered potential transshipments.

This work was supported by a grant to SkyTruth from the Walton Family Foundation and made possible by Google through the in-kind use of Google’s cloud computing platforms and technical and project guidance.

The free report and associated datasets are available at http://GlobalFishingWatch.org/data.

Download images: 

The refrigerated cargo vessel (reefer) Leelawadee with two unidentified likely fishing vessels tied alongside. Captured by DigitalGlobe on November 30, 2016. (DigitalGlobe)

CREDIT LINE: Imagery by DigitalGlobe © 2017

CAPTION: In the Indian Ocean, off the remote Saya de Malha bank, the refrigerated cargo vessel (reefer) Leelawadee was seen with two unidentified likely fishing vessels tied alongside. Image Captured by DigitalGlobe on November 30, 2016. (DigitalGlobe)

 

Credit line: Imagery by DigitalGlobe © 2017 -The Hai Feng 648 is with an unidentified fishing vessel off the coast of Argentina. There is a large mostly Chinese squid fleet just beyond the EEZ boundary. The Hai Feng 648 was previously with the squid fleet at the edge of the Peruvian EEZ and in 2014 took illegally processed catch from the Lafayette into port in Peru. This image was acquired on Nov 30, 2016.

CREDIT LINE: Imagery by DigitalGlobe © 2017

CAPTION: The Hai Feng 648 is with an unidentified fishing vessel off the coast of Argentina. There is a large mostly Chinese squid fleet just beyond the EEZ boundary. The Hai Feng 648 was previously with the squid fleet at the edge of the Peruvian EEZ and in 2014 took illegally processed catch from the Lafayette into port in Peru. This image was acquired on Nov 30, 2016.

 

 

Learn about a complementary report released today by our partners at Oceana.

Read more about the images above and how our partners at SkyTruth captured the images of a Thai reefer in a likely transshipment in a remote part of the Indian Ocean.

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Oceana

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With over 100 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. To learn more, visit www.oceana.org.

SkyTruth

SkyTruth is a nonprofit organization using remote sensing and digital mapping to create stunning images that expose the environmental impact of natural resource extraction and other human activities. We use satellite imagery and geospatial data to create compelling and scientifically credible visuals and resources to inform environmental advocates, policy-makers, the media, and the public. To learn more, visit SkyTruth.org.

 Google

Google Earth Outreach is a team dedicated to leveraging and developing Google’s infrastructure to address environmental and humanitarian issues through partnerships with non-profits, educational institutions, and research groups. To learn more, visit earth.google.com/outreach.

*Global Fishing Watch analyzes Automatic Identification System (AIS) data collected from vessels that our research has identified as known or possible commercial fishing vessels, and applies a fishing detection algorithm to determine “apparent fishing activity” based on changes in vessel speed and direction. As AIS data varies in completeness, accuracy and quality, it is possible that some fishing activity is not identified as such by Global Fishing Watch; conversely, Global Fishing Watch may show apparent fishing activity where fishing is not actually taking place. For these reasons, Global Fishing Watch qualifies all designations of vessel fishing activity, including synonyms of the term “fishing activity,” such as “fishing” or “fishing effort,” as “apparent,” rather than certain. Any/all Global Fishing Watch information about “apparent fishing activity” should be considered an estimate and must be relied upon solely at your own risk.

 

For Media

Right click to download original image.

Using the Global Fishing Watch Map, we are able to see the tracks of fishing vessels operating around U.S. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. /Credit Global Fishing Watch

Caption: U.S. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. /Credit Global Fishing Watch Using Global Fishing Watch, researchers were able to identify commercial fishing vessels operating around U.S. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge from January 1, 2013 through December 31, December 14.  Credit: Global Fishing Watch

NOTE: Log in to the map.  (It’s free). Then go to THIS WORKSPACE to see the active map of these vessel tracks. You can change date ranges, zoom in, select a specific vessel, animate the timeline and much more.

For more information, contact:

Kimbra Cutlip
Global Fishing Watch
443-871-1634