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Nov 15, 2021

Fishing for the Future

Illegal fishing in Belize was the topic this afternoon as Global Fishing Watch, Oceana Belize and the Belize High Seas Fisheries Unit partnered with the U.S. Embassy Belmopan to discuss ocean conservation and harnessing new technologies to counter illegal fishing activities in Belize.  The discussion succeeds a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Belize High Seas Fisheries Unit with Oceana and G.F.W. in June, to make vessel-tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch map.


Anna Sanders, Product Development Director, GFW

“So where are we within the age of transparency?  So Global Fishing Watch was established in 2017 and we bringing new data and information from different fishing fleets.  So first, we brought in data from the Indonesia fleets and we started bringing in many other different sources from Latin America and Central American countries and including most recently the commitment in 2021 from the Belize High Seas Fisheries [Unit]  So what does this look like on the Global Fishing Watch map?  We can provide the resources to anyone here in this group to be able to go and access this data and information.  But to me, it‘s like turning the lights on in the ocean, really understanding what that future is for the entirety of the fishing activity.  The orange activity that you see on the map are the countries that have committed to and have made their data and information transparent, really opening up our eyes to the fishing activity in present.”

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