DETECT-IT, a data analytics tool, is designed to help businesses, non-governmental organizations, customs officers, law enforcement and fisheries officials to search quickly through fish trade data to identify potential illegally caught and traded fish products around the world.
The tool helps find discrepancies in reported trade data in both farmed and wild-caught products between countries and raises red flags where laundering or illegal trade may be occurring.
Previously, trade data had to be evaluated manually, and the process to search for discrepancies was slow and laborious. DETECT-IT significantly speeds up the process, allowing millions of trade records to be searched in seconds.
“Illegal fishing is hugely destructive to ocean ecosystems, communities and economies,” said Michele Kuruc, WWF’s vice president of ocean policy. “DETECT-IT is a new weapon in the global fight against the criminals pillaging our seas for their own personal gain.”
Global estimates suggest that more than 30 percent of all fish is illegally caught and causes up to $36.4bn in worldwide losses each year. Illegal fishing contributes to ecosystem destruction, overfishing, threatens food security and has been linked to human rights violations.
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