Our oceans are in crisis. But now there’s a new way for citizens across the globe to join efforts to save the seas, thanks to the launch of a unique online technology platform. Called Global Fishing Watch, this revolutionary tool will expose the secrets of global commercial fishing companies, including some illegal and irresponsible practices that would otherwise go unnoticed.
One of the gravest threats to our oceans is overfishing, which is systematically destroying ecosystems. According to a 2016 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly one third of marine fish stocks worldwide have been overfished. This is no small issue given that the world’s oceans feed hundreds of millions of people and provide livelihoods to countless fishermen and others around the world. We know that healthy oceans have the capacity to provide a seafood meal to a billion people every day, which is essential to our ever-growing world population.
Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing are the primary contributors to overfishing. Large commercial fishing vessels routinely fish in restricted areas, ignore quotas, catch prohibited species, and fail to a... Read more