Over eighty percent of all life on Earth dwells in our ocean, producing over half of the planet’s oxygen.
Three billion people derive their protein from seafood. One in eight people depend on the sea for their livelihood.
The ocean is crucial to the global carbon cycle, shuttling gigatons of carbon each year between the atmosphere and plankton. The ocean regulates our weather and our climate.
For these reasons and many more, human wellbeing is directly linked to the health of the ocean.
But in the ocean’s vast expanses, pollution, illegal fishing, and modern slavery can run rampant, destroying habitats, ecosystems, and lives. Many of the most destructive activities are already regulated, but the unaddressed challenge is enforcing these regulations in the wild, remote, vast ocean. What is out of sight, is often out of mind.
The men and women responsible for enforcing maritime regulations, the last line of defence on our ocean, work under harsh conditions, outnumbered, with limited resources, facing complex situations, and often blinded to the committed efforts of lawbreakers who break the rules and destroy what the ocean provides.
OceanMind began in 2013 as a collaboration between UK-based Satellite Applications Catapult and US-based Pew Charitable Trusts Ending Illegal Fishing programme.
Everyone at OceanMind is passionate about making change and the ocean. Our team work tirelessly to make a difference every day, supporting lives and livelihoods.
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