MWC were recently tasked with implementing the GearingUp project, a Northern-European-wide initiative to reduce by-catch, i.e. the catching of unwanted fish in commercial fishing. One important aspect of the project was to collate a huge amount of scientific data from various trials, and condense this into an easy-to-use online database for fishermen.
The data collected was in English, and it was our task to translate it into French. The word count for the first batch of data trials was huge, with over 140,000 words to be translated. However, the database included many repetitions, and with the help of our translation software, we were able to significantly reduce the word count to around 30,000. Timing was pretty crucial for this project so we used a team of two in-house translators who translated simultaneously, followed by an editing step by one of our in-house editors.
Translating the GearingUp database into French was a fantastic opportunity for us to get involved with a project that fosters marine sustainability. Being based in Cornwall, surrounded by the sea, we have a natural love for the ocean, and experience first hand the negative impact of wasteful and polluting fishing practices, from finding dead, discarded fish in the harbour, to seeing bits of fishing net and tackle strewn across the beaches after a storm. We already get involved in hands-on beach cleans, but with the translation of this database we hope to contribute in some way to tackling the issue at source.
We did a lot of research to get the specific fishing and equipment terminology right. The data sets came from various different sources, and with it being an Excel database, there wasn’t always enough context to simply make an educated guess on what the English might mean. Harriet did a fantastic job of fielding our questions to the right teams and getting us the answers we needed.