Help Hub

Frequently Asked Questions

Global Fishing Watch offers an interactive online platform that displays fishing activity and other vessel data and tools to help you monitor global fishing patterns. Whether you’re looking for general facts about our organization or specialized information about how to use our platform, we can help you – start by searching below.

Video Tutorials

Our video tutorials are designed to help you navigate our interactive online platform and monitor global fishing activity. Don’t find what you need in the videos? Try searching our FAQs or reading our downloadable how-to guides.

Introduction to the Global Fishing Watch map

How to select date ranges

How to search for vessels and create a fleet

Understanding AIS and VMS activity layers

Understanding Night Light Vessel Detections and Vessel Encounters

How to download activity reports

How to upload a custom layer

How to create a filter

How-to guides

Our how-to guides walk step-by-step through our interactive online platform to help you learn how to use our tools to achieve your goals. Make sure to also check out our video tutorials!

Training materials for journalists on how to use the Global Fishing Watch interactive map platform are also available through the Google News Initiative.

Latest News

New data download portal

March 25th, 2020 |

Global Fishing Watch is excited to announce the launch of our data download portal, a new system for accessing our data. This platform is designed to provide a more streamlined,...

Towards a radar-illuminated ocean

March 18th, 2020 |

At Global Fishing Watch, we use cutting-edge technology to visualize, track and share data about global fishing activity in near real-time and for free. Our primary dataset comes from data...