Core characteristics of the FiTI

Fisheries management

The FiTI focuses on public access to information for 12 thematic areas of marine capture fisheries, such as fishing licenses, vessel registry, catch data, subsidies and beneficial ownership.

Collective action

Transparency needs trust! This is why the FiTI is implement through National Multi-Stakeholder Groups, equally represented by government, companies and civil society.

Visibility & Usability

Transparency requires a two-sided approach: making data available in the public domain, and ensuring that stakeholders can draw reliable conclusions from it.

Progressive improvement

Countries are not expected to have complete data for every thematic area from the beginning. Instead, public authorities must disclose the information they have, and where important gaps exist, demonstrate improvements over time.

Quality at source

The FiTI does not replace or duplicate existing government systems. Instead, the need for national authorities to develop and strengthen their own systems for collecting and publishing information online is emphasised.

Robust assurance

The FiTI International Board undertakes regular valuations to verify compliance of all participating countries against the FiTI Standard. This covers the provision of FiTI Reports, the meaningful involvement of stakeholders, as well as the impact of the FiTI in the country.

FiTI Standard: Defining for the first time what information on fisheries management should be published online by governments!


The FiTI Standard is an internationally recognised framework that sets clear requirements on what is expected from countries regarding transparency in marine fisheries.
It was developed in a 2-year global consultation process with government representatives from fishing nations, industrial and artisanal fishing entities, civil society and intergovernmental organisations.

News, Updates, Blogs

TAKING STOCK: FiTI initiates its online transparency assessment of fisheries management information for the United States

The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) announced today the start of its assessment of publicly available marine fisheries information in the United States of America, as part of its global efforts to deepen public understanding of how different governments around the world approach transparency in fisheries management.

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Madagascar officially launches national multi-stakeholder process at FiTI workshop

Antananarivo, 3 May 2022. Today, the government of Madagascar officially launched its national FiTI implementation process during a one-day multi-stakeholder workshop held in the capital Antananarivo. The workshop was attended by around 85 participants, including officials from the Madagascan government, private sector (including both industrial and small-scale representatives), and civil society sector, in addition to […]

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Latin America’s first TAKING STOCK assessment: Government transparency in the marine fisheries of Peru

Lima, 27 April 2022. Today, the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) launched the findings of its first TAKING STOCK assessment for the Latin American region, evaluating public access to marine fisheries management information in Peru. Conducted in collaboration with WWF Peru, the assessment examines the level of information that Peru’s national authorities publish on government websites […]

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Mauritania releases 2nd FiTI Report, boosting access to fisheries information for calendar years 2019 and 2020

22 April 2022. Mauritania today published its second annual report to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), in another significant step strengthening the country’s efforts to improve transparency in fisheries management. The report covers information for calendar years 2019 and 2020, as well as all twelve transparency requirements of the FiTI Standard.

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