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Greenpeace Hackathon notes

28-30. November 2014

Goal: Save the Oceans

Sub-goal: Help someone in our community by exposing hidden information


Doable suggestions

  • Crowdsourcing // mass participation
    • make a survey/poll to request extra information from the crowds: about "monster boats"?
  • Education
    • Greenpeace could inform consumer association (consumentenbond, voedingscentrum) about "good" fish coming from these MSC certified fisheries
    • Greenpeace could mobilize their millions of supporters to write to these consumer associations -- or to boycott buying "dirty" fish...
  • Create a graph/diagram of all the companies that PP owns (like "open oil" graph!), and their contracts / customers...
  • FOIA (requests)
    • Request that IMDEA publishes where do they get the funding from
    • Ask for court documents (if there was a court-case)
  • Ask for (more) whistleblowers to come out from those companies!! (MSC, PP, BLE, NVWA, ships...)

Crazy Ideas

  • "improve" the photo gallery:
  • invite friends to post on the social media pages of these companies
  • ddos the harbor website as a "digital sit-in"
  • invite activists to sign the petition to MSC - to request revocation of MSC certificate
  • become a shareholder in one of those companies (if possible) and request financial reports
  • explore the use of "pingers"

What can I do

  • Show the Zembla documentary at the movie evenings (Citizen Kino, hackerspace...)
  • Give a presentation at 31c3, and ask German hackers to help out with BLE!

Ask Investigative Journalists

...ask other investigative journalists to take an interest in tis story!

Facts Found

FACTS FOUND: This is What I Found in these 2 days...



Electronic logbooks news:



file missing:

SW approved for logbooks in UK: E-Catch (Netherlands), Catchlog, Chartworx, OLRAC and Seatronics 3.1




File:data-structure-ERS-Toelichting_berichtenstructuur e-logboek.pdf



1. Is there a legal obligation to make the data from electronic-logbooks available?

To whom —

a) To the general public (open governance data)

b) or to the journalists under Freedom of Information Act;

c) or under the cord order, in the investigation?


No throwing fish back overboard - to be implemented 2015-2019

Dutch law about bijvangst:


Cascading ecological effects of eliminating fishery discards

.. and then there is workshop: "Workshop on Methods for Estimating Discard Survival"

Overfishing & File:overzicht-visserijpartnerschapovereenkomsten.pdf

Other news about fisheries from Dutch Government


OECD info about Fisheries

2016 / 03 / 10: (AIS)

Specific case - Jan Maria -> SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION!!!

File:Surveillance Report Pelagic Freezer Trawler Association Atlanto-Scandian Herring Trawl Fishery.pdf

Parlevliet en Van der Plas -> SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION!

Acquired one more company: Heiploeg International:


Open Data

About Maritime Biology, Fisheries

About ships & sailing


Companies / corporate information

Payed-for: Amadeus &&

European database containing aggregate information on non-financial companies

LittleSis: a free database of who-knows-who at the heights of business and government


  • e-LICO: An e-Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Data Mining and Data-Intensive Science

to look into it further


Other Interesting Links

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European Commission regulation: Compulsory acoustic devices or 'pingers' required on fishing vessels over 12 metres using fixed gear in the North Sea, Channel and Celtic Sea

File:catch of dolphins - doc.pdf

In the Media