We are joining a datathon tomorrow with the goal to get insight in the whole ocean overfishing situation and we are looking for data to prepare a little bit. Global Fishing Watch seems interesting however we cannot find the data online. Does anyone have any good open datasets that could be relevant for this project?

  • Ask them.
    – Emre
    Mar 25, 2016 at 3:07
  • Yes I did :) no response yet and because of the temporary nature I asked here
    – Jan van der Vegt
    Mar 25, 2016 at 6:22
  • Maybe not 'Global', but for the US, I suspect this would be NOAA's responsibility. (I think they're actually under the Department of Commerce, who would be the other group that might have it). A quick search for 'NOAA fishing data' found st.nmfs.noaa.gov/commercial-fisheries and nmfs.noaa.gov/gis/data/fisheries.htm
    – Joe
    May 25, 2016 at 21:06

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Don't let the increasing tonnage caught fool you. Catches of some species can increase due to better ability to find them and better technology in general.


If you don't find data directly related to overfishing, you can look for 1) volume of catches 2) estimated stocks

Source: The Guardian one and two.

  • Also Greenpeace lobbies against overfishing, you can find other sources from them.
    – pyb
    May 29, 2016 at 0:13

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