The visualizations below are built to easily convey the scale of the issue. Even through the limited data on fishing nets collected by citizen scientists, we can see below the prevalence of fishing gear. Future work will include predicting fishing net location as well as understanding where more data is needed by overlaying the locations of fishing vessels.
The data for fishing nets comes from the Earth Challenge 2020's Integrated Data on plastic pollution, which integrates Jan 2015-Dec 2018 data from three sources: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MDMAP), Ocean's Conservancy's Trash Information and Data for Education and Solutions (TIDES) clean up the database, and the European Environmental Agencies Marine Litter Watch (MLW) dataset. Control the map view on the top right to view fishing nets collected over time.
The data for anchorages comes from the Global Fishing Watch anchorages dataset, which is a global database of anchorage locations where vessels congregate.
The data and code used to create the visualizations can be found on our GitHub page.