• Introducing Global Fishing Watch

    Global Fishing Watch enables anyone with an internet connection to see fishing activity anywhere in the ocean in near real time — for free

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  • “Global Fishing Watch is the first effective tool to track commercial fishing around the world. Now anyone can help put an end to the massive overfishing that is decimating fisheries everywhere and help authorities protect our precious marine ecosystems before it’s too late.”

    — Leonardo DiCaprio

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

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  • Protect ocean systems

    Monitor fishing activity in marine protected areas to ensure proper management and oversight of these special places.

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  • See where fishing is happening

    Observe fishing patterns and activity determined by Global Fishing Watch based on vessel position, course and speed as derived from Automatic Identification System broadcasts.

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  • Improve fisheries management worldwide

    Provide tools for governments, fishery management organizations, scientists, private industry, and NGOs to implement rules and regulations that will ensure a sustainable and abundant ocean.

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Download Our New Report: The Global View of Transshipment.

Global Fishing Watch analyzes data from the Automatic Identification System (AIS), which is collected by satellites and terrestrial receivers, to identify apparent fishing Apparent Fishing

 behavior based on the movement of vessels over time.

35,000+

FISHING VESSELS TRACKED

37+ billion

AIS MESSAGES PROCESSED

5+

YEARS OF DATA

Step 1: Satellites

Over the course of the year, 200,000+ vessels, including more than 35,000 known or likely commercial fishing boats, broadcast their position, course, and speed through AIS. Fleets of satellites record these broadcasts and transmit the information to Earth.

Step 2: Data Processing

22+ million data points are added to the system every day. Using cloud computing and machine learning, Global Fishing Watch processes the data, identifying which vessels are fishing boats, and when and where they are fishing.

Step 3: Engage

Once the data are visualized on Global Fishing Watch, anyone can track fishing activity across the globe.

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Track commercial fishing activity worldwide
on the free, user-friendly, interactive Global
Fishing Watch map.

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