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Global Fishing Watch

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, September 17, 2018/Categories: wildlife conservation, video, space science, marine life, sustainability, environment

  

                              Global Fishing Watch with Fishing Boats Mapped (credit: Oceana, Google)

Over-harvesting, illegal fishing, smuggling, and other banned activities remain planet-wide, marine problems. The conservation organization, Oceana, has partnered with SkyTruth and Google to utilize 'big data' mapping and satellite monitoring to bring this non-sustainable situation under control. The new initiative is Global Fishing Watch and will provide near real-time maps for use in enforcing ocean fishing laws and protect marine sanctuaries. The maps track commercial fishing boats, is available to anyone with an internet connection, and it is free. The goal is to provide transperancy of fishing behavior and expose illegal vessels for law enforcement worldwide.

Jackie Savitz, of Oceana, describes their new conservation initiative and some early successes in halting illegal ocean fishing and protecting marine sanctuaries. 

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