Fisheries are intertwined in global food security, slave labor issues, livelihoods, sovereign wealth and biodiversity. Global Fishing Watch brings transparency to an opaque industry traditionally operating out of sight and out of mind. By leveraging Google Cloud Platform, machine learning, and Earth Engine, we have created the first global view of the world's industrial fishing fleet and made it available to the public for free.

The Global Fishing Watch project was originally founded by SkyTruth, Oceana, and Google Earth Outreach, but has since graduated to an independent nonprofit with close to 30 staff across the world and growing.

GlobalFishingWatch.org hosts the most up to date and complete information including details of the research program, datasets and code examples, peer reviewed publications, media highlights, ongoing blog posts and much more.

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What we need to do with the Global Fishing Watch and Safe Ocean Network, “is grow this network so there is not one square mile of ocean where we cannot prosecute and hold people accountable who violate the standards of sustainability on a global basis. That’s the goal.” -Secretary Kerry speaking at the launch event