The Waitt Institute has partnered with Global Fishing Watch to provide resources to Blue Prosperity Coalition (BPC) sites to support sustainable ocean management and Marine Spatial Planning through the Marine Manager portal. This exciting collaboration opens the door to increased data availability and transparency in ocean management at BPC sites.
Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager is a freely available, innovative technology portal founded by Dona Bertarelli. It provides near real-time, dynamic and interactive data on ocean conditions, biology and human-use activity to support Marine Spatial Planning, marine protected area design and management, and scientific research.
Through this new partnership, the Waitt Institute will use Global Fishing Watch’s Marine Manager Portal to help inform the design, management and monitoring of ocean spaces at BPC sites. The portal gives governments and stakeholders the opportunity to improve oversight of human activity taking place across the ocean and improve stewardship of marine resources. It is currently informing Marine Spatial Planning efforts in the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji and the Maldives.
Environmental data in the marine manager portal around the Fiji exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Global Fishing Watch integrated vessel presence data into the portal, which indicates the locations of all vessels transmitting on AIS. Vessel presence data can currently be filtered by fishing and carrier vessels, as well as ships categorized as “other vessels,” which includes those associated with shipping, tourism and oil and gas exploration.
Global Fishing Watch incorporates publicly available oceanographic and biological datasets, like sea surface temperature and primary productivity and salinity, to allow anyone using the portal to examine environmental patterns as they relate to human activity in the ocean.
Reference layers support understanding of vessel activity around marine protected areas and other areas of interest. They can be added to support detailed analysis or spatial management.
About Global Fishing Watch
Global Fishing Watch is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing ocean governance through increased transparency of human activity at sea. By creating and publicly sharing map visualizations, data and analysis tools, Global Fishing Watch aims to enable scientific research and transform the way our ocean is managed. Global Fishing Watch believes human activity at sea should be public knowledge in order to safeguard the global ocean for the common good of all.
Visit the Global Fishing Watch website at www.globalfishingwatch.org.
View Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager at https://globalfishingwatch.org/map/marine-manager.