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Partnership with Global Fishing Watch Increases Transparency of Human Activities in the Ocean

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Conservation Challenge

New technologies are improving our ability to remotely monitor human activity on the ocean. Fully utilizing this information to detect illegal fishing requires detailed, global information on the location of marine protected areas and the specific restrictions each area has in place against fishing.

Our Solution

In 2023, ProtectedSeas and Global Fishing Watch partnered to make Navigator’s marine protected area (MPA) maps and regulation information available as a reference layer in Global Fishing Watch’s Marine Manager portal.

Point Vicente State Marine Conservation Area

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Users can now create reports showing the history of vessel traffic over time for any MPA, identify potential fishing within protected area boundaries, and link through to the Navigator platform to verify whether potential violations have occurred by referencing the regulations in place.

For example, the historical vessel traffic within no-take Point Vicente State Marine Conservation Area located off the greater Los Angeles area shows that overall ship movement through the protected area has increased over 300% in 10 years.

Users can generate similar analyses for likely fishing or other historical datasets that Global Fishing Watch compiles.

Vessel Presence Map in Point Vicente State Marine Conservation Area

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Impact

The partnership between Global Fishing Watch and ProtectedSeas is changing how we see our global ocean. Through a joint commitment to publicly sharing information and promoting more transparency and understanding over our ocean, the overlays of our large-scale joint data can turn these into actionable insights about our ocean.

Partnership with Global Fishing Watch Increases Transparency of Human Activities in the Ocean

Global Fishing Watch creates, transforms and distributes data to increase the transparency of human activities in the global ocean. Applying this knowledge leads to greater accountability, improved governance, reduced ecological threats and an ocean that is healthy, productive and resilient.

Visit Global Fishing Watch’s Marine Manager portal