Vulcan Inc. is the engine behind philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen’s network of organizations and initiatives. They work on improving our planet through philanthropy, inspirational experiences, and scientific and technological initiatives. One of their projects is SkyLight, a technology system that uses satellite imagery and data-analysis software to help countries spot and catch unlicensed fishing boats.
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WhoFishesFar is a public database on the European Union’s (EU) fishing vessels that have an authorization under the EU’s Fishing Authorization Regulation (FAR) to fish in third-country waters or on the high seas. The data includes all official agreements, but not private agreements, as the EU Commission itself admits that the EU has no data on these agreements. This website aims to demonstrate the need for institutional transparency and accountability of the EU fleet’s activities in waters outside the EU.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) supports sustainable fishing and good governance in geographic places such as the Arctic, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, the Southern Cone, and on the high seas. WWF focuses efforts on reducing the impact of fishing that is making a considerable footprint on ecologically important marine ecoregions and conserving commercially valuable species such as tuna and whitefish. WWF also works with private partners to push market demand for sustainable seafood. WWF has worked to advance seafood traceability through crafting guidance documents such as Traceability Principles for Wild-Caught Fish Products and Recommendations for a Global Framework to Ensure the Legality and Traceability of Wild-Caught Fish Products, and participating in various collaborative projects aimed at advancing industry-wide traceability best practices such as the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability.
This effort has regional work that contains more information on regional initiatives, such as WWF Peru and WWF Japan. Use the Seascape Map to search by region for more information.
The Vessel Tracer (VT) iVMS is a small vessel monitoring unit that has been specifically designed for small-scale fisheries. The VT iVMS comes in both solar-powered and line-powered versions. The transponder uses inexpensive cell-phone technology to transmit vessel movements, allowing for higher reporting frequency than traditional VMS. This, in turn, allows for higher resolution monitoring to help determine fishing activity. Both models report positions while within mobile-phone coverage and store any positions and alerts internally if outside coverage. Once coverage is re-established, any stored positions will be forwarded to secure servers. These transponders can instantly warn fishers (and authorities) if a vessel enters into an MPA or any other closure. This assists fishers to work towards legal and sustainable fishing and can be a tool to help protect vulnerable stocks and habitats.
For information on what philanthropic, government, and international agencies are funding initiatives around the world to better seafood traceability and counter-IUU fishing practices, please use the Funding the Ocean map.