Insights, explanations, and thought leadership from our fisheries experts about key issues facing the fishing industry and the sustainable management of marine resources.

Protecting and Monitoring Small-Scale Fisheries

This article was first published in a special issue on giving a voice to small-scale fishers, in INFOFISH International, Issue 3/2020 (May/June 2020). Small-scale fisheries are a key part of the global Blue Economy, accounting for an estimated 50% of the global catch. There are increasing calls for monitoring their activity, as today they are

Big Data: the Future of Sustainable Fisheries

Sustainable Fisheries need Big Data Analytics The world’s marine fisheries support billions of people around the world, contribute USD 100 billion each year, and support about 260 million jobs in the global economy. But increasingly, fisheries are subject to overexploitation, pollution and habitat loss.  Sustainable fisheries management has never been more urgently needed, yet it

VMS or AIS for Sustainable Fisheries Management?

There has been discussion across the industry about adapting AIS for fisheries monitoring. Increasingly AIS is seen as a transparent and freely available tool and as a result fishermen and companies are questioning why they should have a separate VMS. However, I believe that substituting AIS for VMS is to clearly misunderstand the functions of

Fighting Illegal Fishing: We Need to Focus on the Unregulated

This article originally appeared in The Ecologist. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing all seriously impact the sustainable management of fishing. We are all increasingly aware of the perilous state of our oceans and seas, of growing pollution, of huge volumes of plastic waste and over-fishing. The importance of harvesting fish stocks at sustainable levels is

How is Climate Change Affecting Tuna Fish Stocks?

This article first appeared in the special Climate Change issue of Infofish Magazine. Most models to assess tuna populations have been largely based on catch report data, but climate change also affects the fish and their location. With a new method developed by scientists at Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), working with the Secretariat of the

Satellite Observation for Aquaculture: Bangladesh

(Image from ESA-Sentinel-2. Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data [2018]) Earth Observation for Aquaculture Inventories: Bangladesh  In the south-western region of Bangladesh, aquaculture plays a significant role in food production and is crucial to local economies. A few decades ago most of the lands in this region were used for agriculture, especially for paddy cultivation using