Global Fishing Watch is making the data that powers our public platform openly available for research projects and other non-commercial use through our Research Accelerator Program (RAP). Our goal in sharing this data is to enable others to undertake research that will accelerate advances in fisheries management and ocean sustainability.
Who is eligible?
This program is open to anyone who wants to use Global Fishing Watch data for a research project or other non-commercial purpose. You need to be a registered user of Global Fishing Watch in order to download the data.
What data products are available?
- Gridded fishing activity data
- Vessel identity and classification lists
- Encounters between refrigerated cargo vessels and fishing vessels
- Future data products: ports, AIS On/Off events, gridded VMS
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)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of our goals is to be as transparent as possible and release as much of our data and related analyses as we can, including those that are still “in development.” We’ve created a data portal geared toward researchers, software engineers, data scientists, or anyone who is interested in having access “under the hood” of Global Fishing Watch.
Some of the datasets you can access through the portal include:
- Vessel Identity
- Fishing Activity
- Anonymized AIS Data
Registered users of RAP can access all of our data products on our Data Portal.