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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 participation of developing countries 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.

ASFA Associates

ASFA Associates receive free access to the ASFA database in return for providing feedback and exploring ways to contribute to ASFA's goals. The scheme is intended to increase access to the database to institutions that would otherwise be unable to afford a subscription. For more information see here:

ASFA Associates receive complimentary online access to the ASFA Database for a trial period of 2020-2021 in return for contributing to the ASFA Partnership. To be eligible to join the ASFA Associates scheme, an institution must have an aquatic sciences, fisheries or aquaculture focus, and produce scientific or technical literature. Although they do not have the same responsibilities as Partners, ASFA Associates are expected to explore contributing to AFSA, either by adding ASFA records, permitting their institutional repository to be harvested, or by participating in one of ASFA’s working groups. In addition, all Associates are asked to complete a quarterly online survey on usage of the ASFA Database in order to provide feedback. The Associates scheme is therefore designed to act as a feeder to becoming a full ASFA Partner, giving institutions the benefits of free access to the database whilst allowing time to explore how they could contribute to the Partnership. The scheme is aimed at small institutions who would otherwise be unable to afford a subscription. Preference to joining ASFA Associates is given to small institutions in low and middle income countries, but institutions from high income countries can also apply. An institution’s appointment to the ASFA Associates scheme shall be mutually approved by FAO ASFA Secretariat, ProQuest and the national ASFA partner if present in the country. The total number of ASFA Associates shall not exceed 200 at any one time. If your institution is interested and qualifies to become the ASFA Associate, contact the ASFA Secretariat: [email protected]

Currently the following institutions participate in the ASFA Associates scheme:

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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