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We’re revolutionizing the ability to monitor the global commercial fishing fleet, offering near real-time tracking of fishing activity via our public map. Anyone can use it, for free, to track fishing boats and download data about their past and present activities. Our platform is helping enable scientific research, advocate for better policies and marine protection, and improve the way fishing is managed. 

“With the data Global Fishing Watch provides, governments, fishery management organizations, researchers and the fishing industry can work together to rebuild fisheries and protect critical marine habitats.”

– Leonardo DiCaprio

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is proud to be a Funding Partner of Global Fishing Watch.

People depend on healthy oceans

They regulate our climate, provide a vital food source for 3 billion people and support the livelihoods for hundreds of millions. But illegal and unsustainable fishing is taking a terrible toll on our ocean, ravaging marine ecosystems, pushing fish stocks to the brink and threatening food security. Action is needed to reverse this decline and Global Fishing Watch is committed to being part of the solution.

Discover the oceans through big data

Just a decade ago, building an accurate picture of the commercial fishing across the globe would have been impossible. Today, thanks to advances in satellite technology, cloud computing and machine learning, Global Fishing Watch is making it a reality. 

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Why Global Fishing Watch?

0+ Billion
people rely on seafood as their primary source of protein
0%
of the world’s fish stocks are either overfished or fully exploited
0+ Billion
dollars worth of seafood is stolen from the seas annually through illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

Global

Shows fishing activity of ~60,000 publicly trackable commercial fishing vessels operating in the ocean

Near real-time

Regularly updated to show vessel tracks and fishing activity from January 1, 2012 through three days prior to present time

Easy to use

Designed so experts and non-experts can see and assess fishing activity at a glance and track individual vessels over time

Free for everyone

Available to anyone in the world with an internet connection

In 2017, Indonesia became the first nation to make its vessel tracking data available via Global Fishing Watch. 

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