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AIS-based profiling of fishing vessels falls short as a “proof of concept” for identifying forced labour at sea

Forced labour at sea is a serious human rights violation that must be addressed with policies that consider complex social, economic and political dynamics. So when a recent research paper in PNAS (McDonald et al.) concluded that a machine learning algorithm could identify vessels that are at “high risk” of  engaging in labour abuse, researchers from the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center took notice.

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Collaborative Solutions

We are training a transdisciplinary international network of researchers integrating human-centered tools, perspectives, evidence and narratives.

Designed for Action

Ocean Nexus has the broad global network and deep resource capacity to act with urgency.

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We are housed within EarthLab at the University of Washington, which supports an equity-centered approach to solving environmental problems within one of the greatest research universities in the world.

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