WWF and the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute are carrying out a carbon stock assessment of the mangroves in Lamu County, Kenya, and plan to link this science to the country’s national climate policies.
A Global Think Tank led by WWF as part of the Common Oceans ABNJ Ocean Partnerships Project—an initiative funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by the World Bank—identified a new theory of change that accounts for gaps in the governance of high seas fisheries.
Addressing the issue of overfishing in international waters requires a complete understanding of who is fishing, what they’re fishing, and where they’re catching it. Electronic monitoring is a cost-effective way to improve the transparency of fishing activities.
WWF has developed a new smartphone app that helps fisherman self-report their catch data while at sea, making it easier and cheaper for fisheries managers, businesses, and governments to collect vital information about community fishing activities.
WWF is collaborating with the US government and a company called Flywire to develop a low cost electronic monitoring system that is able to collect high quality data at less than a tenth of the cost of existing systems used by the commercial fishing fleet.