Shining a Light: The Need for Transparency across Distant Water Fishing
Sally Yozell and Amanda Shaver
Yozell, Sally and Amanda Shaver. "Shining a Light: The Need for Transparency across Distant Water Fishing." Stimson Center, 2019.
This report identifies the top DWF fleets in the world, where they operate, their motivations and economic impact, and their connections to IUU fishing and illicit activity. Specifically, the Stimson research team analyzed automatic identification system (AIS) data to determine the top ten DWF fleets and the top 20 countries where they operated from 2015 to 2017. The report further illuminates the top five DWF fleets, which account for nearly 90 percent of DWF efforts. China and Taiwan represented nearly 60 percent of all global DWF effort in other countries’ waters from 2015 to 2017, with Japan, South Korea, and Spain each representing about 10 percent of the DWF fishing effort.