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First, you must be logged into your Global Fishing Watch account. There are multiple ways to upload your custom layers to the map. We currently support 3 standards: GeoJSON, Web Map Services (WMS) and Rasters. Below you will find some notes of how to add each of these types. GeoJSON: Upload a GeoJSON file to [...]
The VIIRS satellite sensor can identify bright lights at night. This is the same sensor that is used to make the maps of lights at night of the world that you may have seen. In the dark ocean, vessels using bright lights stand out to this sensor and can be tracked. Some forms of fishing, [...]
An encounter is anywhere that a refrigerated cargo vessel meets up with a fishing vessel while at sea. Our current algorithm requires these vessels both to not be moving and almost next to each other for a few hours. We cannot know what, exactly, these vessels did during this encounter, but it in many cases [...]
First, you must be logged into your Global Fishing Watch account to create a report of fishing activity. In the map toolbox, open the Layers tab, then on Static Layers. Click the report icon (closest icon to the layer name) for the layer you are interested in observing (EEZ, or RFMO). The report icon will [...]
MPA – No Take includes protected areas where all fishing is prohibited. MPA – Restricted Use contains areas that allow some fishing but impose restrictions such as catch quotas, seasonal closures, or limits on certain types of fishing gear or fishing sectors (commercial vs. recreational, or industrial vs. small-scale).
An Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is a zone in the ocean in which the adjacent nation has jurisdiction. These generally include waters extending 200 nautical miles from a nation’s coastline but are also drawn closer in where multiple nation’s jurisdictions would otherwise overlap. Each country has special rights regarding exploration and use of resources within [...]
The large circles without fishing are almost always Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) around islands that heavily restrict or prohibit fishing (if you turn on the EEZ Layer in the Global Fishing Watch map, you will see that they often line up with these blank areas). The circles could also be Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that [...]
In Restricted Use MPAs you may see fishing, as certain resource extraction is permitted. In No Take MPAs there should not be fishing and any apparent fishing in such an area should be subjected to further scrutiny.
We currently do not show all MPAs in our MPA – Restricted Use and MPA – No Take layers as their restrictions vary. We have 3 MPA layers - please make sure you have the correct layer selected to find the MPA you are interested in: WDPA Protected planet MPA: includes ALL MPAs from Protected [...]
First, you must be logged into your Global Fishing Watch account. The custom fleet feature lets you select and group a set of pinned vessels with the objective of seeing them moving as a fleet in the map (with the same color). Search or select the vessels you are interested in being grouped in a [...]
We recommend using Chrome or Firefox as your browser for viewing Global Fishing Watch. We do not yet recommend using Safari or Internet Explorer for viewing Global Fishing Watch, although we expect to optimize Global Fishing Watch for those browsers in the near future.
First, you must be logged into your Global Fishing Watch account. The embed feature lets you generate a html code that you can include on your website to display a simplified version of the Global Fishing Watch map. To do so: Prepare the view you want to share (pan, zoom, select vessels, enable/disable layers) Click [...]
First, you must be logged into your Global Fishing Watch account. You may share your current view by clicking on the share icon on the left side of the map below the “+” and “-” icons. This will bring up a link to your map, which you can copy and save or share the link [...]