Aquaculture plays an increasingly important role in the global economy, and fisheries contribute significantly to poverty alleviation, food security and recreation. As recognized in the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), sustainability is a fundamental management and development requirement for both sectors. Many of the issues important for sustainability are entirely spatial, or they have important spatial elements.
A principal way through which the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department facilitates implementation of the CCRF is through its FishCode Programme of Global Partnerships. FishCode promotes the use manuals and software programs like GIS for fisheries monitoring and analyses, in line with CCRF principles.
Spatial issues addressed most frequently for aquaculture are listed in a table (Aquaculture main issues from database along with the number of literature records currently contained in GISFish databases. This table is updated automatically each time a new record is added.