Your view into vessel history and activity
Provides information on a vessel’s identity, fishing activity, port visits, authorizations and transshipments.
Equips users with the ability to search for specific vessels, build custom vessel groups, share links to vessel profiles and save them offline as PDF files.
Builds detailed profiles that show identity information alongside tracks and summaries of events that can be interpreted by timeline, location or relationships between vessels.
Makes Global Fishing Watch data and analysis accessible to all, empowering users to work more efficiently and effectively.
What is Vessel Viewer?
Vessel Viewer is a vessel history tool developed in partnership with TMT that uses satellite data and advanced analysis to produce current and historical information on vessel identity and activity. Available for use by anyone with an internet connection, Vessel Viewer consolidates data from a range of public sources to provide access to key information in an easy-to-use format. It can be used across public and private sectors to enhance fisheries controls, strengthen risk assessments and bolster the due diligence process – important factors in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Developed through several pilot uses focused on port inspections, fisheries enforcement, insurance and seafood supply chains, it allows users to identify and cross-check information about a given vessel and its fishing operations to inform decision-making and operational planning.
Vessel viewer in action
Supporting global processes to address illegal fishing through transparency
Greater transparency of human activity at sea will inform dynamic, data-driven decisions and provide a level of accountability that can be properly and efficiently enforced by all–even where resources may be limited. Vessel Viewer is helping generate even more transparency across existing efforts by creating more detailed insights about vessels and their activities.
Port State Measures Agreement
The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) is the first and only binding international agreement to specifically target IUU fishing. Under it, more than 70 States and the European Union are required to collect and cross-check information on vessels requesting port entry.
Vessel Viewer can be used as part of a comprehensive regime to enhance fishing vessel monitoring and support States in implementing effective port controls. Decision makers can use it to cross-check information reported by vessel operators and their flag States regarding vessel identity, authorizations, port visits and fishing operations—all of which need to be assessed under the PSMA to determine port access and set inspection priorities before catch is permitted to be landed. This information can be used by competent authorities to understand if a vessel has been operating in line with what it is permitted to do and also ensure compliance with relevant conservation and management measures as part of national port controls.
Global Record of Fishing Vessels
The Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels, commonly referred to as the Global Record, was launched in 2018 by the Food and Agriculture Organization and represents the international communities’ flagship transparency initiative. It provides authorities with a single access point for information on vessels used for fishing and fishing-related activities as formally and officially reported by a vessel’s flag State.
The insights provided by Vessel Viewer complement data included in the Global Record, which continues to be developed and populated with vessel identity information. The data and analysis we provide through Vessel Viewer can act as an important tool to cross-check and enhance the full knowledge of vessels in the public domain.
By directly matching static vessel record information with dynamic tracking information, authorities can identify discrepancies in what is reported by a flag State compared to what is reported by a vessel operator over time –a useful insight that could trigger more comprehensive action under flag, coastal, port and market State responsibilities.