18 Oct '15, 10pm

Interactive Global Fishing Watch Map to Monitor Activity on the Open Seas

The interactive mapping tool uses a global feed of vessel locations. Information is extracted from vessels’ Automatic Identification System (AIS) tracking data, which is collected by satellite. According to its developers, the system automatically classifies the observed patterns of movement as either “fishing” or “non-fishing” activity. The first release of Global Fishing Watch started with 3.7 billion data points covering the movements of 111,374 vessels over 2012 and 2013. The newly released prototype visualization uses 300 million AIS data points and covers more than 25,000 individual vessels. The initial fishing activity map data will be limited to 35 million pieces of data from 3,125 independently verified fishing vessels. Once beyond the prototype stage, Global Fishing Watch will provide a simple, online platform to visualize, track and share information about fishi...

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/global-fishing-watch-interactive-map...

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