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

São Tomé and Príncipe joins FiTI!

11 January 2022. São Tomé and Príncipe announced today its public commitment to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). The country becomes the sixth country to increase transparency in its fisheries management through the FiTI Standard, following Mauritania, Seychelles, Senegal, Cabo Verde and Madagascar. The country’s commitment was conveyed via an official letter by His […]

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The FiTI Standard: an effective tool to support the implementation of the Escazú Agreement

World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on November 21 throughout the world, reminding us about the importance of maintaining the world’s fisheries for generations to come. And while there are many aspects to achieve sustainable fisheries, the public availability of credible information is critical. To mark the 2021 World Fisheries Day, the FiTI’s Chair […]

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