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

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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Interview with Nicole Franz, FAO: ‘The International Year for Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture: Opportunities to increase transparency for small-scale fisheries’

Small in scale, big in value. Today marks the launch of the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (IYAFA2022). On this occasion, our Technicial Advisor, Andre Standing, sat together with Nicole Franz from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for a quick interview.

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TAKING STOCK: FiTI launches online transparency assessment of fisheries management information for Comoros

6 October 2021. The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) announced today the launch of its TAKING STOCK assessment for Comoros. As part of wider efforts to promote transparency in fisheries management across the Western Indian Ocean region, over the coming months the FiTI will conduct a comprehensive review of the type of information on Comoros’ fisheries […]

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Open Government Partnership joins International Board of FiTI

In order to promote access to information and public participation in marine fisheries, as well as wider open government reforms, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) agreed on intensifying their existing collaboration. This includes, inter alia, that the Open Government Partnership, represented by Mr Theo Chiviru, OGP Regional Lead for […]

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