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The overall objective of the ASFA Partnership is to collate and disseminate information on fisheries and aquatic sciences to the world community, bearing in mind the special interests of developing countries in this field.

United Nations Co-sponsoring ASFA Partners

The UN Co-sponsoring ASFA Partners, besides input preparation, also take responsibility for assisting developing countries’ participation in the ASFA Partnership.

International ASFA Partners

The International ASFA Partners contribute to ASFA by producing bibliographic references to the literature published within their geographic or subject area, including their own publications.

National ASFA Partners

The National ASFA Partners contribute to ASFA by producing bibliographic references to the literature published within their own countries.

The ASFA Publishing Partner

The ASFA Partners submit their ASFA input to the ASFA Publishing partner (ProQuest), which also prepares a large portion of the ASFA input. ProQuest processes the input received from the ASFA Partners and publishes it on the ASFA database. ProQuest then gives access to the ASFA database to the ASFA Partners, for use in their respective institutions. ProQuest also makes the ASFA database available commercially to the public.

The rights and responsibilities of the ASFA Partners are established in the ASFA "Partnership Agreement". All the partners are entitled to the use of the ASFA database.

To become a member of the ASFA Partnership, organizations must agree (through signature) to the conditions contained in the ASFA Partnership Agreement. The Partnership Agreement also describes the functions of the ASFA Advisory Board and the ASFA Secretariat.

All ASFA Partners are represented on the ASFA Advisory Board, which meets regularly to review progress and decide the future direction of ASFA. The proceedings of the ASFA Advisory Board Meetings are published in the ASFA Advisory Board Meeting Reports.

Institutions interested in contributing literature to ASFA or in joining the ASFA Partnership should contact the ASFA Secretariat at FAO.

 
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