- Oil and Gas Plumes Found at Site of 13-year-old Leak in GulfAssociated Press
The following excerpt appeared in a wire story about the ongoing Taylor leak in the Gulf: “Using satellite images & Coast Guard pollution reports, watchdog group SkyTruth estimated in 2015 that between 300,000 & 1.4 million gallons of oil had spilled from the site since 2004. The leak is about 10 miles off Louisiana’s coast.”
December 8, 2017
- The Marine Biologist Using Big Data to Protect Ocean WildlifeMotherboard
The article covers the research work of McCauley, a partner on Global Fishing Watch, a joint project between Ocean, SkyTruth, and Google, led a study in Science that outlined how this approach could mitigate overfishing, illegal fishing, and other dangers to vulnerable marine species.
November 23, 2017
- Big Brother at SeaHakai
“We may be talking about the issue of transshipment, but what we’re detecting is what we call vessel rendezvous,” says Nathan Miller, a data scientist at SkyTruth, who works closely with Global Fishing Watch. “Everything that we’re doing … is really about transparency,” says Miller. “That’s going to be the way in which positive change happens.”
November 20, 2017
November 14, 2017
- Why BC Needs a Public Inquiry into FrackingThe Perfect Storm Called Artificial Intelligence and Geospatial Big DataGeoawesomeness
The blog post featured background on SkyTruth’s work calculating the size of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the technology powering the Global Fishing Watch platform.
October 3, 2017
- How satellite surveillance is hauling in illegal fishersWorld Economic Forum
The article, written by the CEO’s of DigitalGlobe and Planet, outlines the potential of satellite technology. The piece includes background on their partnership with SkyTruth & Global Fishing Watch and the joint effort to address the challenge of illegal fishing.
- Murky Regulatory Waters Aid Illicit FishingEcoAmericas
The feature includes details on SkyTruth analyst Bjorn Bergman’s analysis of Global Fishing Watch tracking data to investigate the activity of the Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999, background on the Platform and information on the practice of transshipment from analyst Nate Miller.
September 28, 2017
- How Did 6,223 Sharks End Up on Ship With No Fishing Equipment?Zhou Chen, Gao Jia, Liu Hao, Wei Meng, Teng Jing Xuan, Caixin Global
The article on the results of the investigation into Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999’s journey to Ecuador includes details on SkyTruth analyst Bjorn Bergman’s analysis of Global Fishing Watch tracking data.
September 18, 2017
September 16, 2017
September 11, 2017
- New Spill Tracker Enlists Crowd To Help Monitor Pollution After HurricanesJessica McKenzie, Civicist
The blog includes information on the release of the SkyTruth Spill Tracker following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. A citizen pollution reporting tool, the tracker collects pollution reports in one place and makes the information available to the public and relevant authorities.
September 6, 2017
September 4, 2017
September 3, 2017
- A High Tech Solution to End Illegal FishingDanielle Beurteaux, GreenBiz
The article includes information on the work of Global Fishing Watch. “As we worked with the data, we realized we could tell in many cases what a vessel was up to based on the way the vessels were moving on the water,” said Amos. “It didn’t really hit home until we put their AIS data broadcast on a map.”
August 23, 2017
- The Fight to Save the World‘s Seas From China’s Bloated Fishing IndustryCharlie Campbell, TIME
The article references SkyTruth’s work with Google and Oceana to launch Global Fishing Watch to allow real-time tracking of vessels to combat IUU fishing and includes details on Bjorn Bergman’s work to uncover Chinese vessels falsifying location data.
August 16, 2017
- Group Estimates 34,000 Gallons of Oil Spilled Off KuwaitAssociated Press
International wire article includes SkyTruth’s estimate of the size of the spill, coverage also appears at ABC News, in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, US News & World Report, Kuwait Times, New Zealand Herald, and other publications worldwide.
- How Seafood’s “Dark Web” Obscures Fraud, Fish Laundering, and Slavery on the High SeasKatarina Zimmer, The New Food Economy
The article on seafood fraud references findings from the Global Fishing Watch transshipment report.
- Report Assesses Gas Well Proximity to CommunitiesKen Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail
Coverage on the report released by SkyTruth in collaboration with Downstream Strategies and San Francisco State University, “In Everyone’s Backyard: Assessing Proximity of Fracking to Communities At-Risk in West Virginia’s Marcellus Shale,” says that more than 7,000 homes were found to be located less than one-half mile from well pads in 2014. [Links to archived page]
June 7, 2017
- Indonesia makes its fishing fleet visible to the world through Global Fishing WatchNews Release, Phys.org
Global Fishing Watch has committed to host any country’s VMS data, calling on other governments to follow Indonesia’s lead. “We believe publicly shared VMS will become a powerful new standard for transparent operation in commercial fishing,” says Paul Woods, Global Fishing Watch CEO and Chief Technology Officer for SkyTruth, a founding partner of Global Fishing Watch along with Oceana and Google. “SkyTruth has been collaborating with the Indonesian government for the past two years to really understand their VMS data and find new ways for VMS to enhance their fisheries management.”
May 11, 2017
- Company in settlement talks over money for 13-year oil leakMichael Kunzelman, Associated Press
Taylor Energy Co. negotiating settlement to recover millions of dollars set aside to stop an oil leak in the Gulf, despite failing to close it. John Amos is mentioned saying SkyTruth analysis shows that the leak isn’t slowing down.
February 28, 2017
- Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Data: Global Fishing Watch is using satellite data to monitor suspicious ship activity on the high seasSmithsonian, Emily Matchar
Global Fishing Watch’s Research Program Director David Kroodsma talks to Smithsonian Magazine about the prevalence of illegal fishing in the world’s oceans, and how activities such as transhipping obscure supply chains and make it difficult to regulate a shared resource like the ocean.
February 26, 2017
- Global satellite monitoring may be the key to keeping illegally caught fish off your dinner tableQuartz, Christopher Groskopf
Global Fishing Watch and SkyTruth are mentioned in this article about the global footprint of transhipments. Between 2012 to 2016 researchers identified 5,000 cases of potential transhipment between reefers and smaller fishing vessels. There were also 86,000 cases of two reefers meeting at sea, which could possibly indicate smuggling.
February 24, 2017
- Satellites: Technology takes on illegal fishingSpore, Stephanie Lynch
Global fishing watch and SkyTruth are mentioned in this article detailing how satellite technology is providing the transparency needed to carry out new initiatives for tracking illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Global Fishing Watch is described as “dramatically increasing the transparency of the fishing industry.”
February 23, 2017
- Los 4 puntos calientes del comercio ilegal de pescado en el mundoPlay Ground, Rosa Molinero
This article in Spanish mentions SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch while discussing the transhipping hot spots of the world, and how mixing authorized and unauthorized catch makes it difficult for fisheries managers to accurately monitor the world’s fish populations.
February 22, 2017
- Hidden no more: First-ever global view of transshipment in commercial fishing industryScience News, Global Fishing Watch
The people at Global Fishing Watch provided this story to Science News coinciding with the release of their report, A Global View of Transhipment: Preliminary Findings. Using tools developed by SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch, fisheries managers can now identify and monitor transshipment anywhere in the world.
- It took less than a minute of satellite time to catch these thieves red-handed: A small nonprofit caught these "dark" ocean vessels used for pirate fishingars TECHNICA, Annalee Newitz
In this article in ars TECHNICA, the author discusses how Global Fishing Watch uses AIS data to catch refrigerated “reefer” vessels in the act of rendezvousing with illegal dark fishing vessels. Featuring mentions of our very own John Amos and Bjorn Bergman.
January 31, 2017
- SkyTruth founder uses data to explore environmental issuesThe Journal, Mary Stortstrom
SkyTruth’s founder, John Amos, talks to The Journal about why he founded SkyTruth and how he wants to make environmental imagery more accessible to the public at Shepherd University’s Presidential Lecture Series.