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

This document reviews the status and importance of the freshwater small pelagic fish and fisheries for sustainable and healthy livelihoods in Africa. The lack of recognition of the importance of small pelagic fish for sustenance, livelihoods and public health has prevented the [...]
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 [...]

Latest Resources

The Second Advisory Roundtable on the Assessment of Inland Fisheries was convened in partnership with United States Geological Service (USGS), from 25 to 27 November 2019. It reviewed progress of work that had been initiated as a response to the [...]
Ce document technique contribuera à une meilleure connaissance de l’utilisation des passes à poissons dans la gestion des pêches continentales et la protection de la biodiversité, se situant ainsi dans le cadre des efforts soutenus de la FAO pour l’amélioration [...]
Inland fisheries are important sources of ecosystem services contributing to human diet, health, well-being and economies. The evaluation of the importance and value of inland fisheries is one of the biggest challenges for its development. To develop the inland fisheries [...]
This manual provides guidance to field personnel and fisheries officers on methods and tools in charting out the assessments that need to be taken into consideration when making decisions related to procurement and delivery of fishing gears and equipment in [...]
Assessment of data-limited fish stocks is a rapidly evolving topic in marine fisheries, and is supported by an increasing focus on the socio-economic and ecological importance of small-scale fisheries. The challenges in such systems can be compounded in inland fisheries, [...]
This Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries management training course (Inland Fisheries) is designed as a complete training course for the sustainable management of inland fisheries using the ecosystem approach. It is targeted at middle-level fishery and environment officers, extension workers, facilitators [...]