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.



E-Photobook launch: International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA)

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA). FAO is the lead agency for celebrating the Year in collaboration with other relevant organizations and bodies of the United Nations system. The objective of celebrating IYAFA 2022 is twofold: the Year aims to focus world attention on the role that small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers play in food security and nutrition, poverty eradication and sustainable natural resource use and increasing global understanding and action to support them.

To commemorate the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (IYAFA 2022), INFOFISH (under a Letter of Agreement with the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) is organizing two webinars that will put the spotlight on Asia as home to the world’s majority of small-scale fishers and aquaculturists.  The main objectives of the webinars are to raise the awareness on IYAFA 2022, launch the IYAFA 2022 photobook, promote the results of the Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH) study on small-scale fisheries, as well as advocate policy support for small-scale fisheries and aquaculture


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In 2022, the Galapagos Science Center (GSC) and the broader UNC & USFQ Galapagos Initiative will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. We are proud to announce the World Summit on Island Sustainability scheduled to be held on June 26–30, 2022 at the Galapagos Science Center and the Community Convention Center on San Cristobal Island. 


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(Registration open until February 12th, 2022)

Please join the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions on Wednesday, February 23 from 9:00pm - 10:30pm ET (English and Bahasa language options will be available) for a conversation about the Guidelines for Supporting Fishery Improvement Projects revision. During the call, we will introduce proposed revisions and take questions on the Basic and Comprehensive section of the document, as well as the addition of a Financial Responsibility section.

This meeting is your organization’s opportunity to ask any questions that may come up as you provide feedback on the revised sections of the document.

Prereading: We will share the updated sections in Spanish, English and Bahasa for your review a week in advance of the meeting. That document will include directions on how your organization can provide feedback.

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Please join the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions on Tuesday, February 22 from 9:00am - 10:30am ET (English and Spanish language options will be available) for a conversation about the Guidelines for Supporting Fishery Improvement Projects revision. During the call, we will introduce proposed revisions and take questions on the Basic and Comprehensive section of the document, as well as the addition of a Financial Responsibility section.

This meeting is your organization’s opportunity to ask any questions that may come up as you provide feedback on the revised sections of the document.

Prereading: We will share the updated sections in Spanish, English, and Bahasa for your review a week in advance of the meeting. That document will include directions on how your organization can provide feedback.


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As part of the Crustacean Task Force Webinar Series, three presenters will describe the unique challenges climate change poses to crustacean populations and fisheries. We will discuss the biological and management response to long term trends in changing climate across crustacean species, some of the limitations in applying current stock assessment approaches to climate-altered stocks, and describe how management strategy evaluations can be used to balance tradeoffs between biological and economic objectives for fisheries. There will be a question period for open discussion with the speakers following each presentation.

Dr. Andre Punt – Director and Professor: School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Dr. Andrew Pershing – Director of Climate Science: Climate Central

Erin Fedewa – Research Fishery Biologist: Alaska Fisheries Science Center


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Small-scale fisheries are one of the oldest and still most prevalent ocean uses and food production systems. However, their contributions to society have been difficult to measure and often underappreciated by decision-makers. Here we share some of the preliminary findings of the Illuminating Hidden Harvests assessment of the contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development, led by FAO, WorldFish and Duke University. We shine a spotlight on recent and ongoing research on the governance of these fisheries, and the extent to which governments are securing their access in law (preferring/reserving zones of the sea for these fisheries).


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Learn more about The Future Of Our Oceans - Duke University's Monthly Webinar Series

20th Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET)

The International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) is a global organization consisting 700+ members from over 65 countries around the world. IIFET provides an international forum for the exchange of research, information, and ideas on the economics of fisheries management, seafood trade, and aquaculture.

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Abstract submissions  (Accepted until February 15th, 2022)

Save our Ocean, Protect our Future


The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action. 

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The World Ocean Summit goes virtual

Due to the continuing Omicron outbreak, the 9th annual World Ocean Summit will take place virtually from March 1st-4th, 2022. Attendees can join the summit from anywhere in the world, free of charge.

This global event will take place over four days, and will bring together the broadest cross-section of the ocean community, from businesses to scientists, government, investors, and civil society. It will feature six industry tracks: shipping, fishing, aquaculture, energy, tourism, and plastics.

More than 100 speakers will provide checks on how their industries are progressing towards 2030 targets, and what needs to happen next. Sessions will address cross-industry topics including ocean finance, governance, and restoration solutions. Speakers will discuss the finance gap, assess new technologies and highlight successful initiatives that are beginning to make an impact on ocean health.


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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 here

Read the Agenda here


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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Discover IYAFA



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.

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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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Ghost Gear Posters

Otherwise known as ‘ghost gear’, ALDFG is the most harmful form of marine debris as it is designed to last a long time. In response to a need for information on this topic, GCFI has produced new fact sheets that seek to share pertinent information about ALDFG and to promote the adoption of best management practices for preventing and reducing the impact of ALDFG.

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