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

Small-scale fisheries organisations call on governments to be transparent and accountable in fisheries management

8 June 2022. On the occasion of the World Oceans Day, several small-scale fishers organisations from Africa (CAOPA, CANCO, FPAOI), the Pacific (LMMA), South (CONAPACH) and Central America (RAMPR), and Europe (LIFE, Aktea) call on governments and their partners to build resilient small-scale fishing communities by developing national strategic plans to implement the following actions […]

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FiTI International Board elects two new members and re-elects FiTI Chair for second term

23 May 2022. The International Board of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) is extremely pleased to welcome two new members to the FiTI association: Dr. Annika MACKENSEN and Alfredo SFEIR. Furthermore, Dr Valeria MERINO was re-elected as the Chair of the FiTI International Board for a second term (January 2023 until December 2025).

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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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Presentation of law proposal to promote fisheries transparency in Peru

Lima, 10 May 2022. Today, multiple actors from Peru’s congress, the country’s fisheries sector, as well as representatives from civil society and academia, met at a dialogue workshop in Peru’s capital, convened by the Office of Congressman Arturo Alegría. As part of this workshop, Congressman Alegría presented Bill proposal No. 1477/2021-2022-CR, which aims to promote […]

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