Global Fishing Watch uses data and open technologies to help save the ocean by showing, for free, exactly where all of the trackable commercial fishing activity has happened since 2012 and is happening today in near-real time. Below is part two of a guest blog series by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s President and CEO RADM Jonathan White (Ret.). Read part one here.
(From GlobalFishingWatch/ by Jon White) — We’ve figured out how to monitor cattle from space. More than just inspecting the land (observing changes in growth and condition), satellites can actually track individual cows. That’s certainly valuable to ranchers today, but consider how it could have prevented cattle rustling in years past. Now, think about transferring that potential to the ocean and using those capabilities to map individual fish movements and changing ocean conditions (observing changes in growth, condition, and diversity of marine ecosystems), as well as IUU fishing. While we’re not quite there yet, the idea is fascinating and, I believe, not far away. One of the challenges associated with combatting IUU fishing is finding the fish before pirate fishers do to enable better, targeted monitoring and enforcement. Without an idea of where they are, you’re looking for a needle in a haystack – or, more accurately, a tuna in 140 million square miles of ocean.