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Director, Nautical Crime Investigation Services, University of British Columbia

An expert in the field of maritime law enforcement, Dyhia Belhabib uses technology to help reduce illegal fishing and promote ocean conservation and food security.

Oceans can be a dangerous place, where illegal fishing thrives with relative impunity. And, of course, it’s not only the wildlife that suffers: Maritime crime also jeopardizes the livelihoods and food security of millions of people. Dyhia Belhabib is using technology — such as Spyglass, a comprehensive record of criminal fishing vessels — to address these issues. The platform helps NGOs and governments around the world focus their surveillance efforts and understand what’s actually happening out on the waves.

Belhabib is currently principal investigator of fisheries at Ecotrust Canada and executive director at Nautical Crime Investigation Services, where she helps create other technologies for maritime enforcement and fisheries management.


  • –present
    Research Associate and Fisheries Scientist, University of British Columbia