Tracking the Global Footprint of Fisheries
A study by Global Fishing Watch and their research partners, “Tracking the global footprint of fisheries,” presents the first ever global dataset of fishing captured by satellites using automatic identification system (AIS) positions. The data reveals the global extent and frequency of fishing activity, both within countries’ exclusive economic zones (EEZs) but also on the high seas, in unprecedented resolution. The dataset provides a powerful tool for improved ocean governance, in particular for the high seas beyond national jurisdictions where governance is currently poor. It can help governments, management bodies, and researchers to make transparent and well-informed decisions to regulate fishing activities and reach conservation and sustainability goals.