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Improving Ocean Stewardship through Technology, Tools and Training

The ocean provides a livelihood to millions and food security to billions of people worldwide. Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing drives inequity in these benefits and threatens the biodiversity of marine ecosystems. To reduce opportunities for IUU fishing and promote conditions that enable voluntary compliance and good stewardship, effective, connected and open monitoring systems are required.

Since 2015, Global Fishing Watch has combined publicly available vessel tracking data with satellite technology and artificial intelligence (AI) methods to monitor fishing activities globally. Global Fishing Watch creates and shares data-driven tools that can be used for near real-time monitoring of fishing vessel activity and potential transshipment at sea. In the right hands, these tools can be used to plan and inform at sea fisheries patrols, as well as prioritize vessel inspections in ports. A lack of awareness around these open, AI-driven data, and a hesitancy of traditional fisheries management institutions, impedes their uptake.

In this project, Global Fishing Watch will address these challenges through a concerted capacity building and technology transfer effort so that these novel data products can be used to reduce IUU fishing and secure a healthy, thriving ocean for all.

The project is supported with SEK 3 470 000.

What does the project deliver?

Training programs for capacity building and technology transfer for officials of national and regional fish management organizations will be developed. Workshops, meetings and interviews with fisheries management officials will be held to present the tools, establish contacts and identify needs. National and regional actors are selected as partners to carry further workshops and analysis to produce individual needs assessments that summarize the desired capacity. A detailed evaluation report is compiled on the changes that have occurred in the work of the participants and their institutions. This will form the basis for further development of the training program.

Why do we support this project?

The project contributes to sustainable fishing which is essential for maintaining marine biodiversity.

Project time status


This project started in December 2021 and ended in December 2023

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