The ITAFISH Information System is the product of a joint research project between the Italian Central Institute for Marine Research (ICRAM) and the Fisheries Department of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to develop a system of data banks for fisheries and aquaculture, both as a prototype for Italian institutes/centres and as a model for decision making in the Mediterranean basin (GCP/REM/058/ITA).
The Project was financed by the Directorate-General of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the former Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Resources (now the Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Policies: MiPAF) from funds in the third Three-year Plan for Fisheries and Aquaculture. It was included in the FAO Technical Assistance Programme and implemented under the direction of the FAO Fisheries Resources Division.
ITAFISH has been designed to incorporate already acquired knowledge, develop and integrate new applications, and establish standards for the exchange of information through a network between institutions and users:
This paper describes the Project, the context in which it was conceived and developed, as well as its contents, the input models, functions, and outputs, and how it is managed. A more detailed description of the structure, functional specifications, contents, installation and use of ITAFISH is given in Vol.2 "ITAFISH – structure and management of the System".