See an almost real-time map of global fishing

Using satellite tracking, machine learning, and common ship-tracking technology, researchers have directly quantified industrial fishing’s global footprint. Their data reveal, among other surprises, that five countries account for more than 85 percent of high seas fishing and that holidays affect fishing patterns much more than fish migrations or ocean conditions.

The researchers created an interactive map—which is freely available to the public—that shows a near real-time view of the fishing patterns of individual vessels and fleets. This allows anyone to see what is going on in their own backyard and to observe where policy boundaries are in place and where they are not. The research opens a gateway to better management of global fleets and their response to changes in climate, policy, economics, and other drivers.

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