Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy 2018-01-10T14:20:39+00:00

Last Modified: July 3, 2017

Thank you for exploring the Global Fishing Watch Beta release. Global Fishing Watch respects your privacy rights and recognizes the importance of protecting the information we collect about you. This policy statement tells you how we collect information from you and how we use it.

Personal Information Defined. Global Fishing Watch considers “Personal Information” to include information that alone or when in combination with other information may be used to readily identify, contact or locate you, such as: name, address, email address or phone number. Global Fishing Watch does not consider Personal Information to include information that has been anonymized so that it does not allow a third party to easily identify a specific individual.

You have voluntarily established a business relationship with Global Fishing Watch. As part of that relationship, you have shared certain Personal Information, including your email address. As part of your participation in evaluating this Beta release, Global Fishing Watch and comments;

  • complete surveys; or
  • sign up for our newsletter.

When you submit Personal Information under these circumstances, you will receive a confirmation email that will give you the option of choosing not to receive further emails from us.

Global Fishing Watch may also collect demographic information from visitors, such as geographic location or what platforms you own. This information helps us to improve our online offerings and allows us to tailor information to your preferences.


We track website usage data to improve our website. We collect user traffic patterns throughout our website using web logs, cookies and similar technologies. This information is collected to help improve website flow and usability. In addition, when we send emails to our members and supporters, we track information on clicks-through to our website, including IP addresses. This is done to gauge the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns and to discourage fraudulent use.


We may place a text file called a “cookie” in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information, although it will enable us to relate your use of this website to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only Personal Information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other websites. Global Fishing Watch may use cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above). In addition, Global Fishing Watch uses encrypted cookies to authenticate the user on each page after the user logs onto the website. You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you have set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. Some Global Fishing Watch website features and services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.


This website is not intended for children under 13 years of age and Global Fishing Watch does not knowingly collect, maintain or use any Personal Information from children under 13 years of age. If we become aware that we have collected any Personal Information from children under 13, we will promptly delete such information from our databases. If you are a parent or guardian and discover that your child under the age of 13 has used the website, then you may alert us at and request that we delete that child’s Personal Information from our systems.


We make a good faith effort to provide you with access to your Personal Information to correct data that may be inaccurate or delete data at your request. If you would like to review the information in our files, correct it, or ask Global Fishing Watch to refrain from sending you information in the future, please contact us by e-mail at, by calling Samantha Emmert at+1 202.800.2928, or by writing to the postal address listed below. We may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, would be extremely impractical, or where information is required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes.


Global Fishing Watch does not rent, sell or share Personal Information collected on this website with third parties except as follows. We may share user information with our Global Fishing Watch founding partners Oceana, Inc., SkyTruth, and Google Inc., subject to their respective privacy policies, which can be found at Oceana and Google Policies. Global Fishing Watch may provide Personal Information to or permit access to Personal Information by vendors and service providers who are contracted to help us administer this website. These service providers may process Personal Information on our behalf or use Personal Information to assist Global Fishing Watch in administering this website. We may also disclose user information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) Global Fishing Watch’s rights or property, other Global Fishing Watch.


If Global Fishing Watch should ever file for bankruptcy or have its assets sold to or merged with another entity, information Global Fishing Watch receives from you shall be treated as a Global Fishing Watch asset and may be transferred as part of any such transactions.


This Privacy Policy applies to websites and services that are owned and operated by Global Fishing Watch. We do not exercise control over the websites of third parties that you may link to or view as part of a frame on a page on this website. These other sites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data, or solicit Personal Information from you. We are not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing information on a feature or page operated by a third party.


By choosing to visit the website or otherwise provide information to Global Fishing Watch, you agree that any dispute over privacy or the terms contained in this Privacy Policy will be governed by the law of Delaware. This website is hosted in the United States. If you are visiting from the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States, a country which does not have the same data protection laws as the EU, and by providing your personal data you consent to: the use of your personal data for the uses identified above in accordance with this Privacy Policy; and the transfer of your personal data to the United States as indicated above.


We take steps to ensure that your information is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy. No data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make reasonable efforts to ensure security on our systems. If Global Fishing Watch learns of a security systems breach we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using this website or providing Personal Information to us you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy and administrative issues relating to your use of this website. Global Fishing Watch may post a notice on our website if a security breach occurs. Global Fishing Watch may also send an email to you at the email address you have provided to us in these circumstances. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive free written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice) you should notify us at


We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy. When we do, we will also revise the “effective date” on the Privacy Policy. For changes to this Privacy Policy that may be materially less restrictive on our use or disclosure of Personal Information you have provided to us, we will attempt to obtain your consent before implementing the change. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to stay informed about how we are protecting the Personal Information we collect. Your continued use of this website constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any updates.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns about Global Fishing Watch or this Privacy Policy, please email us at In the event that we are still unable to resolve your concerns, Global Fishing Watch is committed to cooperating to achieve a proper resolution of your privacy concerns.

Postal Mail Address:
1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20036


By using this site, you signify your assent to this Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the sites following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.