Illegal Fishing & Over Fishing
Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction. Gathering as many fish as possible may seem like a profitable practice, but overfishing has serious consequences. The results not only affect the balance of life in the oceans, but also the social and economic well-being of the coastal communities who depend on fish for their way of life.
Combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a top international priority. IUU fishing involves fishing activity that does not respect rules adopted at either the national or international level and is a worldwide problem. Especially the poor countries do not have the capabilities to protect their coastal waters against illegal fishery activities.
We are trying to find hacks and smart ways to monitor overfishing and also fight against illegal fishery activities..
Shipping Emissions & Ship Pollution
International shipping is already, by far, the most carbon efficient mode of commercial transport and continues to improve fuel efficiency and thus reduce CO2 emissions.
But it is fully recognized that CO2 emissions from the industry as a whole (some 2.2% of global emissions) are comparable to those of a major national economy.
However, shipping is the servant of world trade. The total emissions of shipping, as a sector, will therefore be determined, to a significant extent, by the expected long term growth of the world economy (and population) between now and 2050.
The goal of this challenge is to find smart, intelligent ways to reduce CO2 emissions in ports or while sailing.
Human Rights at Sea
Human Rights have to be respected on land and on the sea. However, it is much harder to control and make sure that these rights are respected at high sea than on land. There are a lot of reports coming from ships about bad life conditions for seafarers and modern slavery. Suicide is the top cause of seafarer deaths.
The challenge for the hackers is to find awareness for this problems and using modern technologies so that human rights are respected and corruption incidents are reported.
Ocean Plastics Pollution
Plastic never goes away. And it’s increasingly finding its way into our oceans and our beaches. In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments — like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles — are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day. Today billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences making up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces.
The goal of this challenge is to find smart, intelligent ways to reduce plastic pollution.
Ship Breaking / Ship Recycling
Ship breaking or ship demolition is a type of ship disposal involving the breaking up of ships for either a source of parts, which can be sold for re-use or for the extraction of raw materials, chiefly scrap. It may also be known as ship dismantling, ship cracking, or ship recycling. Depending on their size and function, pollution from burning ship scrapped ships have an unladened weight of between 5,000 and 40,000 tons (the average being 13000+), 95% of which is steel, coated with between 10 and 100 tons of paint containing lead, cadmium, organotins, arsenic, zinc and chromium.
The goal of this challenge is to find smart, intelligent ways for green ship recycling