Science, knowledge & information gathering

Science, knowledge & information gathering

What information exists about your fishery and how can you ensure your fishery thrives now and in the future? Local knowledge, science and data collection are needed to make management decisions to support  the responsible, sustainable, and long-term use of fishery resources. Start here to learn about participatory data collection and the introduction to fisheries management and explore the sub-categories below.



The Republic of Palau will host the 7th Our Ocean Conference on April 13 and 14 of 2022

The Republic of Palau is the first small island developing state (SIDS) to host the Our Ocean Conference. The conference’s theme is "Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity," which draws on Palau's rich tradition as an ocean society and focuses on islander perspectives and approaches to ensuring the health of our ocean. The 7th Our Ocean Conference will be a key moment for countries, civil society, and industry to commit to concrete and significant actions to protect the ocean.

Each panel discussion at Our Ocean Conference 2022 will reflect the broader theme to amplify traditional ocean conservation knowledge and highlight vulnerable ocean communities. Threats to our ocean directly impact ocean ecosystems and threaten peoples’ livelihoods around the globe. Impacts can be especially devastating to places like Palau and other small island developing states, where the ocean is a primary source of sustenance.


More information coming soon 

Follow on Twitter @OurOceanPalau.

17th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference & Exhibition  


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Announcing the TUNA2022 biggest global event on the tuna calendar, that will take place from the 11-13 October 2022, where world leading tuna players will converge to discuss on major issues affecting the industry. With the theme “Strengthening Resilience, Adaptability and Sustainable Growth in the Global Tuna Industry”, the upcoming TUNA 2022 will be the 17th World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition organized by INFOFISH and our partners and will take shape. Organizers are considering it to be organized as a first ever hybrid event, with both options to be in attendance or to join virtually.
As envisaged by this theme, the disruption of the global pandemic continues to challenge the industry on many fronts. While the industry has been greatly challenged, we have also seen many examples of resilience, adaptation and endeavour in this constantly changing business environment. Rapidly changing technologies have also provided alternatives in terms of business approaches, market behaviour and sustaining industry, and there are many lessons for us to learn from, to share with each other, to embrace and to further improve on as an industry. While we may continue to operate in an unpredictable environment, strengthening resilience and adaptability, remain fundamental pillars in positioning the industry responsively in ensuring sustainable growth and the continuing prosperity of the global tuna industry into the future.

Do look out for more updates in our upcoming press releases. See you at TUNA 2022 Bangkok! 

Webinar on SDG indicator 14.4.1: Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels.


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This third webinar in a series addressing issues relevant to crustacean fisheries will feature experts on marine protected areas (MPA) describing the potential for MPAs to impact crustacean fisheries. Experts will present on the current status of international MPA implementation, intended and unintentional outcomes of MPAs, and other challenges when considering spatial management of fisheries and conservation goals. The direct and indirect response of California Spiny lobster to MPA implementation will be explored as a case study.

Ray Hilborn - Professor: University of Washington. School Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Hunter Lenihan - Professor: University of California, Santa Barbara. Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Yunzhou Li- PostDoctoral Associate: Stony Brook University. School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences


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Join us for this free 2-day virtual conference on November 9th and 10th, 2021, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm PST.

This conference will explore the 30×30 movement to protect 30% of coasts and oceans by 2030, reversing the negative impacts of biodiversity decline and climate change.

The conference will be translated live in Spanish.


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IYAFA 2022 is coming, stay tuned! 

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA). IYAFA  aims to raise awareness on the role of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, strengthen science-policy interaction, empower stakeholders to take action, and to build new and strengthen existing partnerships. As lead agency, FAO will host the launch event on November 19th, make sure to save your place and register now. 


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A virtual webinar providing a “first-look” at some key findings from the upcoming Illuminating Hidden Harvest (IHH) report.


Due out in 2022, the Illuminating Hidden Harvest (IHH) report ties together the efforts of nearly 800 authors and experts to contribute to a more complete picture of small-scale fisheries. Drawing on a tapestry of methods, including 58 country and territory case studies, the report examines the current environmental, social, economic and governance contributions of marine and inland small-scale fisheries at global and local scales. In this webinar, the IHH chapter leads will share a few key findings from the report and respond to audience members' questions during the Q&A session. 

Webinar agenda

Welcome remarks:

Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish
Toddi Steelman, Stanback Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University


Giulia Gorelli, FAO
Maria del Mar Mancha Cisneros, Duke University

Key findings: Presented by the IHH report leads on the environment, social and nutrition, gender, economic and governance dimensions:

Nico Gutierrez and Simon Funge-Smith, FAO
Dave Mills, WorldFish
Sarah Harper, University of British Columbia, and Danika Kleiber, WorldFish and James Cook University
Nicole Franz, FAO, and John Virdin, Duke University
Xavier Basurto, Duke University

Question and answer session: Participants will be invited to submit questions to the webinar speakers. Facilitated by webinar moderators: 

Vera Agostini, Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, FAO
Lena Westlund, Consultant, FAO

Closing remarks

Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, FAO


Please note: The webinar will be in English with live interpretation into French and Spanish. Participants are encouraged to submit any questions in advance by emailing

We look forward to your active participation.


Register for the webinar at 6 AM GMT / 8 AM Rome 

Register for the webinar at 2 PM GMT / 4 PM Rome


About the IHH initiative 

Led by FAO, Duke University, and WorldFish, the IHH initiative aims to generate and disseminate new evidence about the importance of small-scale fisheries to inform policy and practice. A major output of the initiative is a comprehensive research report based on a new and novel methodology. Due out in 2022, the IHH report looks holistically at the environmental, social, economic and governance contributions of small-scale fisheries globally.

The IHH findings will contribute to the growing body of evidence on the role and values of small-scale fisheries. Critically, the initiative will help to put much needed data and information  into the hands of countries, regions and small-scale fisheries advocates to emphasize the diverse and vital contributions of small-scale fisheries.

We would be delighted to welcome your participation in Blue Ventures’ Toko telo event, an interactive online conversation entitled ‘Fairer finance for small-scale fisheries: Supporting sustainable fisheries management through improved earnings’ on Thursday 7th October 2021 at 13:30 - 15:00 London /15:30 - 17:00 Antananarivo & Nairobi / 19:30 - 21:00 Jakarta/ 8:30 - 10:00 EST

Access to finance and equitable distribution of benefits within seafood value chains has been one key challenge for community-led fisheries management. This second event in the Blue Ventures series of Toko Telo online conversations will explore potential successes and challenges of community-led fisheries management and conservation projects that seek to improve fisher earnings.

The session aims to:

1. Explore financing fisheries management through:

- Value-add processes
- Fishery Improvement Projects
- Microlending or other tools

2. Facilitate cross-sectoral learning by discussing examples from fisheries and agriculture that could be relevant for practitioners

3. Discuss tools that exist or could be developed to progress work in this area

This event will consist of two parts: a forty five minute panel discussion with live questions to the panel in English, followed by a forty-five minute break out discussion in English, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia and French (indicate preferred language when registering for the event).

Panel members

Wilderness Markets
Future of Fish
Blue Ventures

The panel discussion will be chaired by Christopher Giordano, Technical Advisor - Fisheries Value Chains & Markets, Blue Ventures.

Please register for the event by visiting

For any questions please contact

How can acoustics and other emerging technologies improve the management of highly valuable tuna fisheries off the coasts of Indonesia and the Philippines?

Join us for a 2-hr webinar to learn about this exciting new technology from researchers Dr. Joe Warren of Stonybrook and Dr Aaron Rice of Cornell University. We’ll also be joined by Joann Binondo, Sustainable Tuna Project Manager of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, to discuss her experience in pursuing a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification process, and how these (and other) technologies could support ongoing efforts to certify sustainable tuna fisheries


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Una serie de reuniones virtuales para compartir soluciones tecnológicas e ideas sobre su aplicación para enfrentar los desafíos en las pesquerías de América Latina.

Para esta última sesión de la serie, el tema será la culminación de ideas clave de los dos primeros eventos.

Registrar aquí

This two-part series highlighted the voices of fishers: Part I focused on their experiences and responses to the pandemic and Part II focused on how fishers and their intermediaries (or other value chain actors) have innovated to overcome the COVID crisis. These virtual events replicated some of the features of an in-person fisher exchange and provided a space for fishers and fish workers to share their stories about the challenges brought on by COVID and how they have overcome them. The objective was to engage in a conversation where fishers can inspire each other and commiserate, too — to get through the tough times together and to share potential solutions that could speed the recovery.

In addition to Part I & Part II, the SSF Hub will be accepting and posting videos from the greater SSF Hub community on its Youtube channel. This will allow more small-scale fisheries actors to share their experiences with COVID and continue the dialogue following the event. 

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Watch the recording here

Please share your thoughts and reactions to the webinar on the discussion page here


Session II: Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

Session II was focused on how fishers, intermediaries and their partners innovated (or are innovating) to overcome the COVID crisis and support fishing communities throughout the pandemic and the ways in which fishers or fish workers have needed to adapt how they market and sell their catch due to the situation.


Hoyt Peckham, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) & Cristina Pita, International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED)


Ben Martens - Executive Director of Maine Coast Fishermen's Association (MCFA)
Tracy Sylvester - Fisher and Fishmonger, Wooden Island Wild 
Don German - Fishers Roundtable 
Martiza - Asociación de Pescadores de La Rosita, Cuero y Salado (APROCUS Fishing Association)
Paula Leiva - Mi Caleta
Reńe Jara - Fisher, Duao, Chile 




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Session I: September 15, 2021

Session I was held in September and focused on stories from communities told by fishers, specifically about their experiences and how they have responded to the pandemic. During this webinar, fishers and fisher organizations shared challenges they encountered and advice that they have for others that may still be grappling with the hardships brought on by COVID.

Watch the recording here

Watch speaker videos here

Una serie de reuniones virtuales para compartir soluciones tecnológicas e ideas sobre su aplicación para enfrentar los desafíos en las pesquerías de América Latina.

Forma parte de los Diálogos de Tecnología para Pesquerías en América Latina, en esta segunda sesión conoce desafíos y áreas de oportunidad en la implementación de herramientas digitales para las actividades de la pesca. 

Conoce experiencias sobre implementación de tecnología digital para la pesca desde la perspectiva de la comunidad pesquera

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We invite you to be part of the Technology Dialogues for Fisheries in Latin America. In our second session, we are talking about the challenges and areas of opportunity in the implementation of digital tools for fishing activities. 

Learn about experiences of digital technology implementation in fishing communities from the perspective of its final users. Join the Tech Dialogues for Fisheries in Latin America.

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The World Fisheries Congress is being held in Adelaide from 20-24 September 2021.



Held every four years, the 8th World Fisheries Congress will be the largest gathering of research, industry and management sectors to discuss the latest advances in fisheries world-wide. The World Fisheries Congress is the key international fisheries conference.

Aiming to foster cooperation and engagement in commercial, recreational and indigenous fisheries.

Providing insightful presentations and inspiring forums on key developments needed to ensure the future sustainable development of the world’s oceans, lakes, estuaries and rivers.

The World Fisheries Congress 2021 will be held in Adelaide from 20-24 September 2021.

The Congress will be a virtual event allowing delegates to participate online, so the Congress can continue to connect the global fisheries and aquaculture community.

World Fisheries Congress is an event not to be missed.


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The IUCN Congress will be held in Marseille from 3 to 11 September 2021.

Taking into account the current health situation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has decided to organise a “hybrid” IUCN World Conservation Congress, thus allowing people not able to physically attend the event to follow and participate in some parts of the Congress remotely.

The French government reaffirms that it is very pleased to host this IUCN Congress on its territory, while doing its utmost to ensure that this is done under the conditions desired by IUCN and in accordance with the health protocols in force at the time of the event. 


Information on Congress preparations
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Nassau Grouper Against the Clock in Belize

This short-film is a call to action addressed to decision-makers and fishers in Belize. It shows the critical status of this species throughout the wider Caribbean, and the success stories documented by scientists studying its recovery within properly enforced, protected areas.

The film promotes the closed season for Nassau grouper from December to March, and it informs of size limits in Belize throughout the year.

Nassau Grouper Against the Clock

This short-film is a call to action addressed to decision-makers that promotes the closed season for Nassau grouper from December to March. It shows the critical status of this species throughout the wider Caribbean, and the success stories documented by scientists studying its recovery within properly enforced, protected areas.

Diversity and Abundance of Shallow-water Sea Cucumbers in Samar and Leyte, Philippines

Sea cucumbers are among the most adapted and diverse marine invertebrates found in almost all types of marine habitats and in varying depth. This study thus aimed to determine the species composition and abundance of shallow-water holothurids in the Samar-Leyte area.

"Pagbalud" (When the Waves Swell)

In this video, Exec. Dir. of the Guiuan Development Foundation was featured as an exemplary scientist and community development worker who transcends science to coastal communities to attain sustainability of resources. This film topped the S&T Professional Category in the 2nd Philippine Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition in 2017

Effect of Holothuria scabra (Jaeger) on Particle Size Composition and Components of Sediment

To determine the effect of sea cucumbers on the sediment components and particle composition, hatchery produced juveniles of Holothuria scabra (sandfish) were raised in pens for one year.

Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice

Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism; A Guide to Best Practice is the first such guide to provide practical, science-based information for shark and ray tourism operators who want to offer the best possible experience to their customers, while conserving species and habitats and making a positive contribution to local communities. It provides guidance, and tools that can be tailored to local circumstances, enabling operators to improve the educational quality, safety, and sustainability of their businesses. It also gives practical information, based on the best available scientific data, to management authorities and others engaging with the industry.

A Practical Guide to the Effective Design and Management of MPAs for Sharks and Rays

This Guide has been produced to provide practical, science-based advice on how to maximize the effectiveness of both new and existing shark and ray MPAs, to ensure these animals are protected now and far into the future.

Rapid Assessment Toolkit for Sharks and Rays

WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at James Cook University have developed the first Rapid Assessment Toolkit focused on sharks and rays. The Toolkit consists of practical and simple step-by-step guidelines for collecting basic information using six complimentary tools.

The Tun Mustapha Compliance Plan

The Tun Mustapha Marine Park (TMP) is home to mangrove forests, sea grass beds and coral reefs all of which serve as a critical breeding ground for resident marine species, as well as migratory species such as whale sharks. In this report, we analyze the legal framework, competencies and jurisdictions of all marine enforcement agencies in order to design an enforcement system for the TMP project that is practical, affordable and feasible to implement over a four-year timeframe.

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