The Global Fishing Watch provides a global view of commercial fishing activity. The commitment by the Peruvian government is the result of Oceana's collaboration with the Peruvian government to increase transparency of commercial fishing in Peru's waters.
Indonesia has also made its vessel tracking data public and available for the first time through Global Fishing Watch. Anyone can now view Indonesia's vessel tracking data, and the country was the first to commit to publish its vessel tracking data in Global Fishing Watch.
"We applaud the commitments by Peru and Indonesia to release their previously private vessel tracking data and encourage other countries to follow their lead," said Jacqueline Savitz, vice president for the US and Global Fishing Watch at Oceana. "Together, with forward-thinking governments like these, we can bring greater transparency to the oceans. By publishing fishing data, governments and citizens can unite to help combat illegal fishing worldwide.”
Global Fishing Watch uses public broadcast data from the Automatic Identification System (AIS), collected by satellite and terrestrial receivers, to show the movement of vessels over time. The information is used to track vessel movement and classify it as ‘fishing’ or ‘non-fishing’ activity.
While AIS is required for the largest vessels that catch a disproportionately large amount of fish, adding Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data, which is required by some governments, to the platform will provide the world with an even clearer view of fishing activity on our oceans. Together, AIS and VMS data offer the most accurate and comprehensive dataset. This will improve the information available to governments, fishery managers, seafood suppliers and buyers, journalists, researchers, non-profit organisations and citizens around the world.