Watch the Med

A Mapping Platform to Monitor the Maritime Borders of the EU for Violations of Migrants’ Rights

WatchTheMed is a collaboration between Boats4People and the Forensic Oceanography research project at Goldsmiths College.

Acting as a “civilian watchtower” over the Mediterranean, WatchTheMed aims to collect information concerning incidents at sea from all possible sources, such as distress signals send out by the Coast Guards, different types of documentation coming from seamen, the press and migrants themselves, as well as satellite imagery. It inscribes these incidents within the complex political ecology of the Mediterranean, an area criss-crossed by overlapping Search and Rescue zones, maritime patrols, radar coverage areas, maritime traffic patterns, fisheries and oil rigs.