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.

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FiTI starts cooperation activities with Bolivia to strengthen transparency for its vessel registry

La Paz – 20 August 2021. Within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Bolivian Ministry of Justice and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), a first workshop was held on August 20 as part of Phase I of the Memorandum. Although Bolivia is a landlocked country, it has an extensive international registry […]

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Webinar: Transparency of fisheries in Mauritania (and beyond) | 27 July 2021

This webinar, jointly organized by the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) and the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM), will recognize the launch of Mauritania’s first FiTI report and discuss future opportunities and challenges of making transparency in fisheries management the global norm. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 at […]

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