Global Fishing Watch and CG RDC will establish analytical methodologies to evaluate open-source vessel movement data, catch data and satellite imagery, to promote international understanding on IUU fishing and its impacts.

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This cooperation aspires to provide greater understanding of global patterns of vessel activity regarding IUU fishing by mixing diverse open data sources and developing new intelligence on IUU fishing activities. This include transshipment at sea, tracking avoidance behavior, and exploring ways to make the intelligence gained more easily shareable with diverse partners.

The discussions come after the planned January 2019 launch of Global Fishing Watch’s new data and analytical cell, which aims to analyze and publish data on commercial fishing activity through the Global Fishing Watch platform. This cooperation with the US Coast Guard Research & Development Center will be the first undertaken by the new cell.

Speaking on the occasion, Tony Long, CEO of Global Fishing Watch and Commander, Royal Navy (Retired), stated:

The Global Fishing Watch Data and Analytical Cell is all about making data available and then making use of that data to achieve better analysis and shared awareness across the many maritime areas of interest