Several Nereus Program affiliates, including fellow Daniel Dunn (Duke), fellow Guillermo Ortuño-Crespo (Duke), research associate Derek Tittensor (Cambridge/UNEP-WCMC), science director William Cheung (UBC), principal investigator Pat Halpin (Duke), fellow Gabriel Reygondeau (UBC), and fellow Vicky Lam (UBC), will be attending and presenting at the Global Fishing Watch workshop at Dalhousie University in Halifax, May 10-14, 2017.
Guillermo Ortuño-Crespo will be presenting some of his PhD work modelling environmental drivers of global fishing effort distribution using Global Fishing Watch Data. Nereus affiliates will be discussing the data, models, and results of ongoing projects and brainstorming for future projects.
Global Fishing Watch is a technology-based partnership that started between digital mapping non-profit SkyTruth, oceans advocacy foundation Oceana, and Google’s Google Earth Outreach program, “designed to show all of the trackable fishing activity in the ocean” via an interactive web tool. With the goal of combating fisheries decline, the project will “reveal the intensity of fishing effort around the world” and help citizens hold world leaders accountable for the maintenance of an abundant ocean. The workshop will bring together researchers to share relevant data, research methods, and tools, as well as discuss future collaborations.