FAO.org

Home > Themes_collector > Inland Fisheries
Inland Fisheries

Inland fisheries are "any activity conducted to extract fish and other aquatic organisms from inland waters”. Capture fisheries in inland waters have long provided an important source of food for mankind.  They are critical for a subset of countries in the world, providing an important source of  nutrition, food security as well as micro-nutrients. Inland fisheries are under increasing  pressure and threats arising from  far reaching changes to the aquatic environment arising from human activities such as damming, navigation, wetland reclamation for agriculture, urbanization, water extraction and transfer, and waste disposal...[more]

Key Publications

The FAO Fishery and Aquaculture Circular C942 Revision 3 (C942 Rev. 3) updates and expands the scope of previous revisions of the circular. C942 Rev. 3 is an important baseline document, intended to assist in the global understanding of inland [...]
The fisheries and aquaculture sector supports the livelihoods of between 10 percent and 12 percent of the world’s population, and in the last five decades its production has significantly outpaced population growth. This Technical Paper is intended to update the Cochrane [...]

Latest Resources

This document has been developed in recognition of the increasingly diverse demands for water from irrigation systems and the need to introduce more holistic land uses into conventional irrigation management. Despite historical precedents the potential for the integration of fish [...]
The FAO Fishery and Aquaculture Circular C942 Revision 3 (C942 Rev. 3) updates and expands the scope of previous revisions of the circular. C942 Rev. 3 is an important baseline document, intended to assist in the global understanding of inland [...]
The booklet includes the executive summary of a technical paper on current scientific knowledge available on climate change implications for fisheries and aquaculture, as well as adaptation and mitigation responses. The booklet will summarize the main information contained in part [...]
The fisheries and aquaculture sector supports the livelihoods of between 10 percent and 12 percent of the world’s population, and in the last five decades its production has significantly outpaced population growth. This Technical Paper is intended to update the Cochrane [...]
The Pacific Island region consists of fourteen independent countries and eight territories located in the western and central Pacific Ocean. This report is largely focussed on marine  fishery  resources,  however it also  covers  inalnd/freshwater fisheries resources in the country overviews. [...]
An FAO infographic summarizing global inland recreational fisheries