Pacific High Seas Fisheries

Fishermen set out for sea after summer fishing suspension ends, Zhejiang Province, China, 2014.
Grantee Global Fishing Watch
Grant Amount $500,000
Duration Two Years

Pacific High Seas Fisheries - Technology, Transparency and Traceability

In the second year of this project, Global Fishing Watch (GFW), Japan’s Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA), and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) will work to improve the sustainability and transparency of high seas squid fisheries and global squid supply chain, by combining expertise in remote sensing technologies, regional squid fisheries, and fisheries policy. With a focus on the Pacific, the work will support the implementation of global transparency benchmarks by the North Pacific Fisheries Council (NPFC) and the South Pacific Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO). This collaborative project will result in the adoption of conservation and management measures that improve transparency in these high seas fisheries. Our activities will:

1. identify weaknesses and illustrate best practice responses in Monitoring, Control and Surveillance, and Fisheries Management;

2. expose IUU fishing and overfishing threats;

3. provide analytical tools and materials that demonstrate the benefits of compulsory AIS as well as centralized VMS, best practice transshipment regulations and other related measures.