Devin Windelspecht, Global Fishing Watch: A Public Check On Overfishing, The Solutions Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2017, Pages 84 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/global-fishing-watch-public-check-overfishing/) Abstract: Over the past 40 years, the number of recorded marine species has decreased by around 39 percent, according to the World Wildlife Fund. This extreme extinction rate is, in many ways, due to overfishing. The UN's 2016 The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report reveals that one third of the world's commercially-fished stocks are fished at biologically unsustainable levels. In some regions, those percentages are even higher: in the North East Atlantic, 39 percent of fish stocks are classified as overfished, and in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, an estimated 88 percent of stocks are unsustainably harvested. Last September, Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google unveiled a free, publicly accessible platform that allows global citizens to serve as a check against overfishing. The program, called Global Fishing Watch, allows anyone with an Internet connection to see, in real-time, the activities of fishing ships around the globe. Using data from the Automatic Identification … Topics: Fisheries; Globalization