Who we are
The FISHINFONetwork (FIN) consists of seven independent intergovernmental and governmental organizations plus the FAO based GLOBEFISH unit. The latter unit is part of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). GLOBEFISH is an integral part of FIN and plays a critical role in the network’s activities.
In 1986, in its first session, the FAO Sub-Committee on Fish Trade recognized the work of the four existing FIN offices (INFOPESCA created in 1977, INFOFISH in 1981, INFOPECHE and GLOBEFISH in 1984), marking the organizations as the start of a worldwide network for fish marketing development support.
Today, FIN has more than 70 full-time staff members and works with over 100 additional international consultants in all fields of fisheries. 50 national governments have signed international agreements with the different FIN services and are using the expertise of these services to develop the fishery sector worldwide.
What we do
Created to develop the fisheries and aquaculture sector particularly in developing countries and countries in transition, the network provides services to private industry and to governments. The execution of multilateral and bilateral projects is one of the main activities of the network. It is also widely known for its range of publications and periodicals as well as for the organization of international conferences, events, workshops and training seminars on seafood commodities and developing trends, offering experts the opportunity to share their views in person.
In particular, FIN promotes trade in fish products by:
- providing up-to-date information on markets and prices;
- bringing buyers and sellers together in international conferences;
- training industry and government on quality requirements of the main markets.
FIN offers information in several languages on international fish trade including market studies, fish price reports and statistical information.
The experiences of GLOBEFISH and FIN have been included in a publication highlighting FAO success stories, demonstrating how the network has played a vital role in collecting and sharing fish trade information world-wide.
The publication is available in all FAO languages. See chapter 4, "Establishing and linking global fish-trade information networks" to read more about GLOBEFISH and FIN:
Meet the organizations
GLOBEFISH is the unit within the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department responsible for information and analysis of international fish trade and markets.
- INFOPESCA (South and Central America)
INFOPESCA is the oldest organization in FIN and was established in 1977. It is based in Uruguay and concentrates on the fisheries in Latin America.
- INFOFISH (Asia and Pacific region)
INFOFISH is the leading source of marketing support for fish producers and exporters in the Asia (Pacific region), which includes some of the largest fishing nations in the world. It was established in 1981 with the headquarters located in Malaysia.
- INFOPECHE (Africa)
INFOPECHE is the African Fisheries Information service and is based in in Cote d'Ivoire. It was established in 1984 as a project implemented by FAO.
- INFOSA (Southern Africa)
INFOSA is the Marketing Information and Technical Advisory Services for the Fisheries Industry in Southern Africa, and was created in 2001 as a sub-regional office of INFOPECHE. Offices are located in Namibia and its services cover the Southern African region.
- INFOSAMAK (Arab countries)
INFOSAMAK was established in 1986, and is based in Morocco. INFOSAMAK provides the Arab speaking countries with information and assistance on trade in fishery and aquaculture products and encourages the promotion of investments in the sector.
- EUROFISH (Eastern and Central Europe)
Eastfish, a FAO project, was created in 1996. In 2002, Eastfish then became EUROFISH, an international organization to serve the needs of the fisheries sector in Central and Eastern Europe.
- INFOYU (China)
In 1997, GLOBEFISH assisted China in setting up the special information unit INFOYU, which then became a part of FIN. INFOYU is the Chinese member of the network and is based in Beijing.