Fisheries Visualization

Site Development

This site examines how fishing limits are rebuilding stocks in U.S. waters. It is based on Evaluating the Effectiveness of Fish Stock Rebuilding Plans in the United States, a report from the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board.
Client:
National Academies
Role:
frontend development, user experience
Launched:
2013

To be considered sustainable, a population of fish must produce enough young to replace the fish that are lost each year due to natural causes and to fishing. However, when the rate of fishing exceeds the stock’s capacity to regenerate, the stock can become overfished. Rebuilding strategies help reduce fishing pressure on stocks and are designed to allow the stocks to grow and recover. This chart plots the trajectory, from 1980 to 2010, of 55 stocks that were declared overfished since 1997.

To present this data, I used the remarkable D3 created by Mike Bostock. D3 is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data, bringing data to life using HTML, SVG, CSS, and DOM manipulation. Its emphasis on web standards was appealing to me as well as its use on massive data sets. Our data set wasn’t that large, but it was important to know that if it was expanded to include more data, D3 would be more than capable of handing it.

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