Datasets and Code

Datasets and Code 2020-03-23T10:01:09-04:00

Datasets and code that power Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch is committed to making as much of its data and code publicly available as possible. This page provides links to datasets for download, some of which will take you to pages on GitHub with more documentation and details. For commentary on our data releases, see the data blog on the right.


Datasets and Code

What is required for me to access and use the data?

  • Register (free, self service)
  • Agree to the terms of service
  • Participate in follow-up surveys
  • Acknowledge Global Fishing Watch in anything you publish (see terms for proper citation)

Need help?

Contact research@globalfishingwatch with questions

Full Data Access License

For some projects, you may need access to detailed position data for individual vessels that have not been aggregated by gear type or flag state. The full data set, including every AIS position of fishing-related vessels, can be licensed for use in a single research project for a one-time fee. For more information, contact

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