The fishing industry is a highly controversial one, and Global Fishing Watch is a tool that lets conscientious consumers keep tabs on the state of the seas around the world.
Populations of fish around the world are being threatened by overfishing, illegal fishing and the destruction of habitats through poor practices. It is possible to manage and reduce the impact of the fishing industry on ocean wildlife, however such a feat would take the concerted efforts of governments, fishery management organizations and -- as Global Fishing Watch hopes to empower -- citizens.
The beta version of Global Fishing Watch is a map that monitors when and where commercial fishing boats are active. This allows journalists and concerned members of the public to act as watchdogs for registered fishing boats around the world.