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Global Fishing Watch is promoting ocean sustainability through greater transparency. We use cutting-edge technology to visualise, track and share data about global fishing activity in near real-time and for free.

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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 to support marine protection, tackle overfishing and improve the way fishing is managed.

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“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.

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  • Challenges an opportunities - Global Atlas of AIS - based fishing activity

The Global Atlas of AIS-based Fishing Activity

In 2018, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) published the first ever global maps of fishing activity using AIS data. These [...]

  • Challenges an opportunities - Global Atlas of AIS - based fishing activity

New global atlas on using advanced technology to monitor fishing activity

Fishing vessels with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) increasing by 10 to 30 percent each year. 19 November 2019, Rome [...]

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On the frontline against illegal fishing in the world’s biggest ocean

Global Fishing Watch data assists US Coast Guard patrol in the Pacific. The 2019 patrol produced a threefold increase in [...]

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
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of the world’s major commercial fish species are overfished
0+ Billion
dollars worth of seafood is stolen from the seas annually through illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
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Global

Shows fishing activity of ~65,000 publicly trackable commercial fishing vessels operating in the ocean

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Near real-time

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

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Easy to use

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

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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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