SFG has been working in the Azores since 2018, estimating the costs and benefits of implementing large-scale MPAs to marine biodiversity, capture fisheries, and the regional tourism industry. The Azores are made up of nine small volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean and situated nearly 1,000 miles offshore from mainland Portugal. Many sectors of the Azorean economy rely directly or indirectly on marine and coastal resources, and in the face of growing pressure to increase development and extraction within their waters, these islands want to do what is necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the regional marine environment.
SFG has been working in Barbuda since 2014, providing scientific support to the island’s ocean zoning process and fisheries management. A small island that is part of the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda in the Eastern Caribbean, Barbuda has recently implemented an ocean zoning plan and other management regulations in an effort to stabilize and restore its nearshore marine ecosystem. SFG has been working with Barbuda Fisheries to assess the status of the lobster fishery, which supports an important export market for the island.
SFG has been working in Belize since 2013, providing technical support for small scale fishery reforms through the Fish Forever program. The overfishing occurring in Belizean waters threatens the sustainability of the country’s fisheries and the livelihoods of an estimated 15,000 local fishers who depend on marine resources as their primary source of income.
SFG worked in Bermuda between 2012 and 2016, evaluating the tradeoffs between competing ocean uses in the island's surrounding waters and evaluating stakeholder perceptions of ocean management. Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, this British overseas territory is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Between fishers, recreational and cargo vessels, and divers, among numerous other ocean user groups, Bermuda's EEZ is becoming increasingly crowded. A more strategic, integrated, and flexible marine spatial plan could help ensure the future health of Bermuda’s marine resources.
SFG has been working in Brazil since 2014, providing technical support for small scale fishery reforms through the Fish Forever program. Brazil boasts the longest coastline in South America, and its artisanal fisheries are responsible for more than 60% of the country’s total fish landings and employ about 90% of all Brazilian fishermen.
SFG has been working in California since 2006, using our scientific and economic expertise to address marine management and conservation challenges right in our own backyard. California is an ideal setting for testing and refining science-based solutions for conservation and fisheries management--commercial and recreational fisheries are a critical component of the state’s economy, and California's extensive network of Marine Protected Areas help protect the diverse life forms that live in and migrate through its nearshore waters.
SFG has been working in Chile since 2013, providing scientific and economic support to the design and implementation of TURF-reserve networks along the country’s southern coast. With more than 6,000 kilometers of Pacific Ocean coastline, Chile is one of the world's largest fishing nations, home to the sixth largest seafood industry in the world.
SFG has been working in China since 2016, collaborating with researchers at Chinese institutions to forecast the impacts of different fishery reforms on several species under a variety of possible future climate conditions. Though China is already the world’s leading producer of fish, new management reforms could significantly enhance the long-term sustainability and productivity of its marine resources.
SFG has been working in Curaçao since 2015, providing scientific support to the small island nation’s ocean zoning process and fisheries management efforts. Located in the Caribbean Sea, Curaçao's waters support two major fisheries: a troll fishery that targets pelagic fish, such as wahoo, and a reef fishery that targets demersal and reef fish, such as barracuda, groupers, and snappers.
SFG has been working in French Polynesia since 2017, evaluating alternative spatial management strategies for coastal, pelagic, and high seas fisheries that could help this collection of 100+ islands capture more value from its marine resources and ensure the long-term sustainability of its fisheries. French Polynesia has abundant and diverse fish stocks and a rich fishing culture. Between its strong enforcement effort, lack of global exports, and centuries-old practice of using rights-based fisheries management, French Polynesia’s EEZ is currently a massive de facto MPA.
SFG worked in Galapagos between 2013 and 2016, partnering with local organizations to provide technical support for various fishery management and conservation projects. Located more than 500 miles from continental Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are home to countless species of commercial and conservation value. Though the islands are known for their diversity and abundance of flora and fauna, the health of the local marine ecosystem is threatened by illegal fishing, invasive species, and the demands of a rapidly growing tourism industry.
The “high seas,” or the marine waters beyond national jurisdiction, account for 64% of the ocean’s surface. Since its inception, SFG has investigated the viability of different management options for the high seas and worked to uncover the extent of fishing that happens in these areas. Using Global Fishing Watch’s massive dataset, we have helped improve the transparency of the fishing activity that takes place in these waters. We now know that more than 3,600 vessels fish the high seas. The global high seas fleet collectively spends roughly 510,000 days at sea every year, and their combined annual revenue totals more than $7 billion.
SFG has been working in Indonesia since 2013, collaborating with various partners to develop reforms for the country’s small and commercial-scale fisheries. Comprising more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia has the second longest coastline in the world, and about 16 million hectares of marine conservation areas. The nation’s marine resources offer livelihood benefits and a vital source of food for the country’s population of 250 million.
SFG has been working in Montserrat since 2015, providing scientific support to the island's ocean zoning process and fisheries management efforts. A British overseas territory located in the Caribbean Sea, Montserrat has several small, artisanal fisheries that target reef, demersal, coastal pelagic, and pelagic species living within its nearshore waters.
SFG has been working in Mozambique since 2016, providing technical support for small scale fishery reforms through the Fish Forever program. Located in southeastern Africa, Mozambique has the fourth longest coastline on the continent. The nation’s fisheries sustain the economy and local communities by providing thousands of jobs and a critical source of protein to people across the country.
SFG has been working in Peru since 2009, providing technical support to inform management reforms for the country’s anchoveta fishery. The anchoveta fishery is the world’s largest single-stock fishery, accounting for more than 90% of the Peru’s total fish landings and about 2% of the country's GDP.
SFG has been working in the Philippines since 2013, providing scientific and economic expertise to inform fishery reform efforts in this large island nation. The Philippines is one of the world’s leading producers of fish, capturing about three million tons of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks every year.
SFG has been working in the Kingdom of Tonga since 2016, providing scientific guidance and tools to improve the sustainability of the country’s fisheries and support future aquaculture development. Tonga is made up of more than 150 South Pacific islands, and fish and marine mammals have traditionally been a critical food source for the islands’ inhabitants. But in response to a growing population, increased fishing effort, and the development of a cash economy, many species in Tongan waters have been overexploited, particularly in waters that are easily accessible for fishing or close to larger population centers.
SFG has been working in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean since 2016, evaluating alternative approaches for the Partires of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) to sustainably managing their bigeye, skipjack, and yellowfin tuna stocks. The multispecies, multigear tuna fishery in the Western and Central Pacific is one of the largest and most valuable fisheries in the world, accounting for about 60% of global tuna harvest.