FAO Fisheries Circular No. 1006

FAO Fisheries Circular No. 1006

FIDI/C1006 (En)


FISHERIES INFORMATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Support to the Implementation of the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

by
Janet G. Webster
Marilyn Potts Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon State University, Newport, USA
and
Jean Collins
Fisheries Library
FAO, Rome, Italy


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2005

 

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Webster, J.G.; Collins, J.
Fisheries information in developing countries. Support to the implementation of the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.
FAO Fisheries Circular. No. 1006. Rome, FAO. 2005. 127p.

ABSTRACT

The 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries provides a policy framework for sustainable fisheries management. Many FAO Members indicate that the lack of information continues to constrain the full and effective implementation of the Code. This Circular seeks to address a range of information issues required to support the implementation of the Code. The methodologies used were surveys, case studies, citation analysis and literature review. An assessment of the nature of the information revealed the breadth of subject, historic depth and space, variety of scale and the diversity of sources. Its availability or accessibility in developing countries and the opportunities and challenges for securing access over the long term are reviewed. Gaps are identified, including the need for better integration of publications generated in developing countries into the mainstream of fisheries and aquaculture information. Strategies are proposed for improving the capture, dissemination, sharing and preservation of fisheries information.

© FAO 2005


Contents

Preparation of this circular
Foreword
Acronyms

1. INFORMATION AND THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES

1.1 Introduction to the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

1.1.1 Article 12 of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries
1.1.2 Research questions and methodology

1.2 The Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries core documents

1.2.1 Description of the Code core documents
1.2.2 Dissemination of Code documents

1.3 Code related information produced, disseminated and used by Fisheries Department Staff

1.3.1 Methodology
1.3.2 Summary of findings on production and dissemination of publications
1.3.3 Subject information used by FAO Fisheries Department staff
1.3.4 Subject information used and produced by selected fisheries experts

1.4 What information is used to produce publications relevant to the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries?

1.4.1 Background
1.4.2 Information produced by the academic and research community
1.4.3 Three recent international compilations on responsible fisheries issues
1.4.4 Information produced by governmental and non-governmental organizations
1.4.5 Information produced by selected organizations with a regional or international focus
1.4.6 Information types used in the Code core documents

1.5 General discussion on the information for responsible fisheries management

2. FISHERIES INFORMATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

2.1 Creation and publication

2.1.1 Issues related to publishing in developing countries
2.1.2 Fisheries publications from developing countries
2.1.3 Some regional and national publishing characteristics

2.2 Dissemination and accessibility of fisheries publications produced in developing countries

2.2.1 Issues related to the dissemination and accessibility of local publications
2.2.2 Mechanisms for dissemination
2.2.3 Constraints to accessibility
2.2.4 Existing strategies to improve access at national level

2.3 Access to global fisheries information in developing countries

2.3.1 Issues related to the accessibility of global information
2.3.2 Existing strategies to provide access to global fisheries information

3. OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES RAISED BY THE CASE STUDIES

3.1 Introduction to case studies

3.1.1 Bunda College of Agriculture Library, University of Malawi
3.1.2 Institut mauritanien de recherches océanographiques et des pêches
3.1.3 International Collective in Support of Fishworkers
3.1.4 Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific

3.2 Issues of enhancing access to fisheries information
3.3 Opportunities for enhancing access to fisheries information

4. STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING THE CAPTURE, DISSEMINATION, SHARING AND PRESERVATION OF FISHERIES INFORMATION

ANNEX 1: CODE DOCUMENTS

ANNEX 2: SURVEY ON THE INFORMATION USED AND PRODUCED BY THE FAO FISHERIES DEPARTMENT STAFF

A2.1 Production and dissemination of Code-related publications by Fisheries Department Staff
A2.2 What subject information is used by FAO Fisheries Department staff?

ANNEX 3: CODE-RELATED INFORMATION USED AND PRODUCED BY SELECTED FISHERIES EXPERTS

A3.1 Background
A3.2 Time spent, subjects searched and information retrieval tools used
A3.3 Code-related information that is difficult or impossible to find
A3.4 Use of information sources
A3.5 Producing and disseminating publications

ANNEX 4: INFORMATION USED TO PRODUCE PUBLICATIONS RELEVANT TO THE CODE

A4.1 Background
A4.2 Information produced by the academic and research community
A4.3 Three recent international compilations on responsible fisheries issues
A4.4 Information produced by governmental and non-governmental organizations
A4.5 Information produced by selected organizations with a regional or international focus
A4.6 Information types used in the Code core documents

ANNEX 5: CASE STUDIES

ANNEX 6: IAMSLIC FRAMEWORK FOR IMPROVED SHARING OF AQUATIC SCIENCE INFORMATION

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