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.

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Traditional knowledge Use for the Sustainable Management of Marine and Fishing Resources

This study offers systematization of three experiences in Central America where traditional knowledge has been used to improve marine spatial planning and frame a new policy oriented towards human rights approaches to fisheries and has given better tools for the governance of community-managed protected areas.

Reserved Parking: Marine Reserves and Small-scale Fishing Communities: A collection of articles from Samudra Report by ICSF, 2008

This dossier puts together a collection of articles from the pages of SAMUDRA Report, the triannual journal of ICSF. The articles show that conservation and livelihoods are closely intertwined, and that top-down, non participatory models of conservation can be counterproductive. Despite being poor and powerless, fishing and coastal communities can be powerful allies in conservation efforts, given their longstanding dependence on natural resources and their traditional ecological knowledge systems. As the examples in the dossier reveal, it is possible for fishing communities to protect and conserve the environment, while continuing with sustainable fishing operations.

FAO State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2020: Sustainability in Action

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture aims to provide objective, reliable and up-to-date information to a wide audience – policymakers, managers, scientists, stakeholders and indeed everyone interested in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Data Collection Guide for Nearshore Fisheries

The goal of this document is to provide both an overview of fishery data collection programs and a data collection manual for priority finfish. By following the simple guidelines in this document, the data collected can be used for stock assessments (i.e., estimates of how the stock is doing), which allow managers to implement good management measures aimed at ensuring good yields for years to come.

Scaling and sustaining local marine conservation (LMMA Toolkit)

This Resource Kit provides practical guidance in setting up and maintaining Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs). Each section contains a blend of practical exercises, with frequent case studies outlining experience from the field, as well as links to useful resources and existing best practice guidance.

Overview: Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (the SSF Guidelines)

This video gives a brief overview of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines), adopted by member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2014.

Diagnostic Scorecard

The Diagnostic Scorecard is used to assess and characterize the condition of several key fishery components that are critical for successful and sustainable fisheries management.

Fishery Systems Mapping Tool

The Fishery Systems Mapping Tool helps explore the roles of stakeholders in a fishery system, clarify the interactions between each group and compare their influence and interest in improving fisheries management.

The Social Responsibility Assessment Tool for the Seafood Sector

The Social Responsibility Assessment Tool for the Seafood Sector, is useful as a diagnostic, benchmarking, or risk-assessment tool for conducting human rights due diligence in seafood supply chains.

SDG Indicator 14.4.1 - Fish stocks sustainability

This course focuses on SDG Indicator 14.4.1 - Fish stocks sustainability: “Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels”. It introduces basic fisheries concepts and definitions, illustrates some technical aspects of classical and data-limited stock assessment and provides detailed guidance on process and tools for the analysis and reporting of the Indicator.

SDG Indicator 14.b.1 - Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries

This course has been designed to support countries in their data collection, analysis and reporting of SDG Indicator 14.b.1 - Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries: "Progress by countries in the degree of application of a legal/regulatory/policy/institutional framework which recognizes and protects access rights for small-scale fisheries".

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