Fighting Over-Fishing with Data Visualization
Global Fishing Watch, the product of a technology partnership between SkyTruth, Oceana, and Google, is mapping all of the trackable fishing activity in the world’s oceans to fight over-fishing. Currently in prototype stage, Global Fishing Watch will be freely available to the public as an interactive online tool, allowing users to act as watchdogs to improve the sustainability of fishing practices. The tool uses vessel location data collected by satellites and then identifies movement patterns as either “fishing” or “non-fishing” activity. The prototype version relied on 3.7 billion data points and more than a terabyte of data to plot the movement of 111,374 vessels over a one year period.