Washington, D.C. — Global Fishing Watch has launched an innovative technology portal to help strengthen management of marine protected areas (MPAs) and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs). The portal hosts diverse datasets and analysis tools to support marine spatial planning and ocean stewardship. Founded by philanthropist and ocean advocate, Dona Bertarelli, the technology aims to revolutionize our ability to dynamically monitor and conserve marine ecosystems.

The United Nations set a target of protecting 10 percent of the world’s ocean by 2020. Today, less than 8 percent of the ocean is safeguarded through MPAs or OECMs, with less than 3 percent covered by fully or highly-protected areas. Despite progress in recent years, a lack of open, timely and user-friendly data has impeded the design and management of MPAs. Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager aims to help solve this problem by combining and…

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