As CEO of Global Fishing Watch, Tony Long is creating an open-access, live stream picture of fishing and other industrial activity at sea to revolutionize ocean monitoring and management.

Why you should listen

As an officer in the Royal Navy, Tony Long spent 15 years living and working at sea. While commanding the HMS Blyth and HMS Monmouth, he was struck by the immense challenge of monitoring the high seas and detecting illegal fishing that threatens the ocean's health and the livelihoods of coastal communities. So when he left the Navy, he committed to ending destructive fishing practices and spent five years at Pew Charitable Trusts, where he played a key role in developing the satellite monitoring initiative Project Eyes on the Seas.

In 2017, Long became the first CEO of Global Fishing Watch. He leads a global team of policy experts, fisheries analysts, data scientists and engineers using cutting-edge technology to visualize, track and share data on global fishing activity. Their goal: to transform ocean governance by publicly revealing the full extent of humanity's impact on life in the ocean.

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