Fishing Vessel Ocean Observing Network

Ocean Decade ID : 46.5
Lead Institution

Ocean Data Network

Lead Institution Contact Person

Cooper Van Vranken-

Countries where the project will be implemented:

Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Denmark, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, United States of America (USA)


We aim to facilitate the implementation of global fishing vessels based observations to complement already established global observing networks. Due to the unique data collection capabilities, the complementarity with existing observation networks, and the cost-effective applicability around the world, standardizing and coordinating outputs from local collaborations will enable resulting data to be impactful worldwide. There is tremendous opportunity to unlock coastal data necessary for bringing data-driven, actionable oceanography to a broader range of sciences, industries, and other stakeholders. Complementing existing observation networks and building towards harmonized observing technologies will have compounding benefits beyond the contribution of any single network. Collaboration between science and industry, observing networks, as well as between nations, is key for unlocking the ocean data needed for research, forecasting, and sustainable growth in the blue economy.