Fisheries Observer Information Infographic 1.0 First Published 28 May 21.
28 May 2021
They board fishing vessels to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. They regulate our fishing activities to try and keep our ocean ecosystems healthy for future generations.
But this role can place them in significant dangers. Fishing crews carrying out IUU fishing have murdered Fisheries Observers in the past to make sure they can't report their crimes. Fisheries Observers can face extremely harsh conditions, with little communication or support from crews at sea or colleagues back on land.
We are partnering with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) to pilot a research project that captures must needed data on the experiences of fisheries observers.
We are working with Global Fishing Watch and the Blue Marine Foundation to develop new technological and AI driven ways to detect IUU fishing, allowing for smarter deployment of Fisheries Observers.
We also work with individual Fisheries Observers and their families to support them to obtain justice when their human rights have been violated.