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FAO project to improve collection of fisheries data
FAO's Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries also calls for improving the amount and quality of information available on global fisheries so that managers and policymakers at both the international, national and local levels can make better decisions.

Having a clear understanding of the state of fish stocks, where and how fishing occurs, the level of fishing capacity that countries maintain, and the socio-economic contributions of the sector is essential for responsible fisheries management.

But many countries, especially resource-strapped governments in the developing world, have a difficult time collecting adequate or complete data on fishing.

To address this problem, in 2003 the Organization produced a plan for improving fisheries data collection that is global in scope, its Strategy for Improving Information on Status and Trends in Capture Fisheries.

In 2005, FAO launched an 8-year project to help countries implement that strategy and improve their collection and dissemination of fisheries data.

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