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Global Fishing Watch is the product of a technology partnership between SkyTruth, Oceana, and Google that is designed to show all of the trackable fishing activity in the ocean. This interactive web tool – currently in prototype stage – is being built to enable anyone to visualize the global fishing fleet in space and time.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) and the Monitoring of Marine Protected Areas and Exclusive Economic Zones
Vast areas of the ocean (millions of km2) have been designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPA), marine reserves, shark sanctuaries and other conservation categories. Even in the absence of conservation categories overlying a nation’s 200-mile offshore exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the EEZ itself must be monitored for compliance. Monitoring conservation areas and EEZs for legal and illegal uses such as fishing and mining is a challenge.
Wagner, D. (ed). 2013. Big Ocean: A Shared Research Agenda for Large-Scale Marine Protected Area. Prepared by Big Ocean planning team in collaboration with the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument & UNESCO World Heritage Site (PMNM), NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.