FAO Fisheries Department

FAO Fishing Vessels Finder



The FAO Fishing Vessels Finder (FVF), a one-stop site to search for detailed information on individual fishing vessels, is now available.

You can search the FVF, a data warehouse developed by FAO, from a variety of available public sources. The FVF currently covers information from the five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations* and other authoritative sources**. Aside from being an archive of current and historical vessel records, the FVF also maps information from multiple sources. So, for example, you can see how many authorizations one specific vessel had in October 2010.

The FVF is still evolving with a view to provide a direct support to national and regional fishing vessel registries and managements in the future. To this end, FAO is seeking interested partners to share vessel information through the FVF.

FAO invites users to explore the FVF and to provide feedback. Inquiries, error reporting or interest in partnerships, can be addressed to:


* Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT), Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

** South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), EU Fleet Register, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), Organización del Sector Pesquero y Acuícola del Istmo Centroamericano (OSPESCA), Comisión Técnica Mixta del Frente Marítimo (CTMFM), Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) , Comission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) , United Nations General Assembly Resolution 61/105 (UNGA)