Privacy Policy

for Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries

Thanks for using Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries (SMIF)! This website and map tool are provided free of charge, but we do ask that you register. Registration enables you to save queries that you can consult later, and helps us understand the needs of our users and the most useful features of the database. We assure you that your privacy is important to us, and here we describe how we collect, use, and handle your information when you use our website, software and services ("Services").


What & Why

We collect and use the following information to provide, improve, and protect our Services:

Account. We collect, and associate with your account, information such as your name, email address, phone number, and physical address.

Services. When you use our Services, we store, process and transmit your files (including things such as your fishery shapefiles, gear types, and structured data such as query criteria).

Usage. We collect information from and about the devices you use to access the Services. This includes IP addresses, the type of browser and device you use, and identifiers associated with your devices.

Cookies and other technologies. We use technologies like cookies to provide, improve, and protect our Services. For example, cookies help us remember your username for your next visit, understand how you are interacting with our Services, and improve our Services based on that information. Setting your browser to refuse cookies may limit your ability to use the Services. If we receive a "Do Not Track" (DNT:1) signal from your browser, the server will  respond by not setting any cookies just as if you had set your browser to refuse cookies.


With whom

We may share information as required below, but we will not sell it to advertisers or other third-parties.

Ourselves. We will never review or share your information beyond the usage information described above, or below under “Law & Order.” Your information is yours, and we will not access it.

Others working for Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries. SMIF uses certain trusted third parties to help us provide, improve, and protect our Services. These third parties may access your information only to perform tasks on our behalf and in compliance with this Privacy Policy.

Other users. We will not share any information with any other third parties.

Other applications. We will not share information with any other applications.

Law & Order. We may disclose your information to third parties if we determine that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to (a) comply with the law; (b) protect any person from death or serious bodily injury; (c) prevent fraud or abuse of Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries or our users; or (d) protect Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries' property rights.

Stewardship of your data is critical to us and a responsibility that we embrace. We believe that our users' data should receive the same legal protections regardless of whether it is stored on our services or on their home computer's hard drive.



Security. We have a team dedicated to keeping your information secure and testing for vulnerabilities. We also continue to work on features to keep your information safe.

Retention. We will retain information you store on our Services for as long as we need it to provide you the Services. If you delete your account, we'll also delete this information. But please note: (1) there might be some latency in deleting this information from our servers and back-up storage; and (2) we may retain this information if necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce our agreements.



Around the world. To provide you with the Services, we may store, process and transmit information in locations around the world - including those outside your country. Information may also be stored locally on the devices you use to access the Services.



If Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries is involved in a reorganization or transfer of ownership, your information may be transferred as part of that arrangement. We will notify you (for example, via a message to the email address associated with your account) of any such deal and outline your choices in that event.

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time, and will post the most current version on our website. If a revision meaningfully reduces your rights, we will notify you.



Have questions or concerns about Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries, our Services and privacy? Contact us at


Posted: 2 June 2015

Effective: 2 June 2015