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What do you get when the world’s leading marine conservation group, a digital mapping non-profit and a data-storing giant team up? Global Fishing Watch (GFW), a free online tool that will allow anyone to track movements of fishing fleets around the world. GFW uses data from the Automatic Identification System (AIS), a tracking system used by over 100,000 vessels, to identify behavior consistent with fishing. It represents the next step in transparency within the seafood supply chain.

The Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud announced this month, at Seafood Expo North America in Boston, its plan to crack down on pirate fishing. The just-released Task Force’s Action Plan includes directing the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to use trade agreements to “pursue international commitments to eliminate fisheries subsidies that contribute to excess fishing capacity, overfishing, and IUU fishing by 2020.”

Eating small fish can be a big deal. This week twenty of the world’s top chefs made a commitment to Oceana’s efforts aimed at saving the ocean and feeding the world by pledging to serve small fish like anchovies, sardines, and herring on World Oceans Day on June 8, 2015. Right now millions of tons of these forage fish are ground up or ‘reduced’ to create fishmeal and fish oil which are used as feed for farmed salmon, pigs, chicken, and other livestock.

This column, which is regularly published in Oceana magazine, spotlights a recovering fishery. Oceana’s winter 2015 magazine focused on Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass, which faced near-collapse in the 1980s but recovered from effective fisheries management Click here to view the original article in Oceana magazine.  

Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass

Species: Morone saxatilis