Explore, visualize and freely download Global Fishing Watch data and synthesize multiple streams of information through our API portal. By openly publishing our APIs, we aim to transform global collaboration and catalyze solutions to address the ocean’s most complex problems.

Building innovative ways to access and integrate our dynamic data

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Global Fishing Watch has created a technology portal that provides application programming interfaces, or APIs, to revolutionize the way we research and monitor human impacts across the world’s ocean. Our APIs provide software instructions that enable automatic connection of our data and products to other systems so users can easily download and integrate our datasets, code, and models to power their own platforms. By providing streamlined access to information on current fishing vessel activity, identity and history, we are helping create solutions for a resilient, sustainable ocean.

How to access Global Fishing Watch APIs?

You can find detailed technical information in our documentation.

Questions or feedback

We are constantly working to improve our tools and data offerings, and we encourage you to share feedback or your stories to help us improve. Send an email to: support@globalfishingwatch.org.

Free and open data to inspire next wave of ocean solutions

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Explore Our API Functions

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Fishing effort
Discover fishing patterns for nearly 70,000 vessels broadcasting on AIS, displayed across space and time at global scale, in a map visualization.

Fishing events
Find vessel position data showing possible fishing events in detail, anywhere on the ocean.

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Vessel search and identity
Search fishing, carrier and support vessels through multiple identifiers and cross-check identity information derived from AIS self-reported data.

Encounters
Find data on vessel encounters and possible transshipment events on a global scale for improved knowledge of at-sea catch transfers.

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Loitering
Locate information on vessel loitering to increase awareness of potential at-sea encounters and transshipment events.

Port visits
Find data on port visits and patterns of vessel behavior across space and time.

The APIs in Action

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R package to support data analysis

Global Fishing Watch enables the research community to access data from its application programming interfaces, or APIs, directly through R—a specialized programming language for data processing, statistical analysis and data visualizations. The package, called gfwr, allows R users to request data from Global Fishing Watch’s APIs and receive data in a tidy format suitable for incorporation into new or existing R workflows. Installing gfwr gives academics, researchers, students and journalists the ability to easily pull data for analysis without any prior API experience.

See how we empower others to use our data here.

Improved Awareness of Vessel Activity

SeaVision is an information portal that supports fleet operations internationally. Thousands of users in more than 90 partner nations are able to view and share a wide range of information to improve operations, increase security and build partnerships within the maritime community. An initiative of the U.S. Department of Transportation, SeaVision integrates the Events API to freely share Global Fishing Watch data on vessel activity and provides insight into vessel encounters and loitering in near real time, across global waters.

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Collaboration for Integrated Ocean Management

The World Resources Institute’s open data platform, Ocean Watch, integrates data on apparent fishing effort, displayed clearly and interactively in gridded format on the Global Fishing Watch map, at global scale and by country. Policy makers, researchers and the public are able to use Ocean Watch to leverage near real-time information on fishing vessel activity in an accessible, simplified way. With an automated connection to Global Fishing Watch data, users can assess the impacts of fishing activity on ocean ecosystems at both the regional and global level, allowing them to take informed action, develop sustainable economies and protect fragile resources through integrated ocean management.

Find Events API technical documentation here.

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