Global Fish­ing Watch

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS -

Like Eyes on the Seas, this tool pro­vides a near­lylive view of fish­ing boats at sea around the world. But the data it uses to iden­tify boats comes al­most ex­clu­sively from Au­to­matic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tems, satel­lite track­ers used in large ves­sels that are eas­ily switched on and off. Rolled out ear­lier this year, Global Fish­ing Watch is on the web and open to the pub­lic in beta form, with tracks for 35,000 fish­ing boats go­ing back more than four years. Oceana, SkyTruth and Google part­nered to build the site, with sup­port from Leonardo DiCaprio Foun­da­tion.


Work­ers weigh newly landed tuna Sept. 9, 2015, be­fore they are given bar­codes a port fa­cil­ity in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia. The bar-code will give each fish a tag that can pro­vide de­tails about the lo­ca­tion it was caught, boat, species, weight and could eas­ily be ex­panded to in­clude crews on in­di­vid­ual boats to help fight against la­bor abuse.

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