Seafood is one of the most widely traded commodities in the global food market. More than a third of the world’s population relies on fish and other seafood as a primary source of protein in their diet, and an estimated 520 million people make their livelihoods through fishing or fishing-related activities.
Unfortunately, illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing is a major contributor to overfishing worldwide. These activities pose a threat not only to fragile marine ecosystems, but also to food security in coastal communities and regional stability more broadly. The illegal fishing trade has been linked to organized crime, and human rights violations are common when fishing operations are conducted without regulatory oversight.
NGO FishEye International is a nonpartisan organization charged with understanding the social, political, and economic forces that drive the illegal fishing trade. They have spent the past several years collecting data, which they hope will help them to form a more comprehensive picture of this evolving threat… but they need your help!
In mid-April, FishEye International plans to make several of their datasets available to the public, along with a series of questions surrounding illegal fishing and its broader impacts. They’re asking the Visual Analytics community to help them make sense of this often-conflicting data, and to make recommendations for how to proceed.