Project Description: 

Degradation of the marine environment and human rights abuses in the fishing industry are deeply interconnected. As fish stocks became more depleted, illegal, illicit, and unregulated (IUU) fishing became more prominent as well as the dependency of the fishing industry to rely on forced labor. The study of these two crises together is relatively limited and remains a largely unexplored topic. One issue in measuring these problems together is the lack of direct data available. Illegal fishing activity and human rights abuses at sea are thought to be extremely underestimated. Both illegal and illicit fishing and human rights abuses at sea within the fishing industry are gradually being pushed into the public eye and garnering international attention. Monitoring and accounting for suspicious vessels is a key step in moving forward to prevent the continuation of the maritime human rights and fishing crises. Geospatial technology has the potential to help to show the extent of these issues by showing changes over time in fishing vessel/fishing policy behavior as well as changes in the marine environment. Geospatial technology can also contribute to future monitoring by using factors associated with human rights abuses and environmental degradation to identify suspicious vessels. This project will aim to show the relationship between environmental degradation and the illicit fishing industry and how this relationship has influenced the marine landscape. 

Undergraduate's Role: 

The undergraduate will contribute to this research by assisting with geospatial data gathering, creating maps, and researching the intersection of human rights abuses and the fishing industry. 

Undergraduate's Qualifications: 

The undergraduate should have some previous experience using geospatial software, such as ArcGIS. They should also have good research, writing, and analytical skills. 

On Campus
6-9 hours
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