Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)


This section contains publications related to work of ASFA: ASFA Advisory Board Meeting reports, project reports, and ASFA Magazine. The publications are available only in English.

Este número de la revista ASFA se centra en los esfuerzos de la red regional de ASFA en América Latina. Hay nueve socios de ASFA en América Latina y cuatro asociados, cada uno de los cuales contribuye a la asociación ASFA proporcionando registros en OpenASFA o participando en uno de los grupos de trabajo de ASFA.


This issue of the ASFA magazine is focused on the efforts of ASFA regional network in Latin America. There are nine ASFA partners in Latin America and four associates, each of whom contributes to the ASFA partnership by providing records on OpenASFA or participating in one of ASFA’s working groups.


This document presents the report of the 2022 ASFA Advisory Board Meeting (ABM), which took place virtually from 12 to 14 September, with a final session on the ASFA business model taking place on 23 November.


During 2020, the ASFA Secretariat supported the CECAF-PESCAO project by compiling an inventory of marine fisheries research produced in nine countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain). A search methodology was agreed with the CECAF project team, with support from the EAF-Nansen Programme to identify relevant marine fisheries research.


Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021, ASFA is now looking to the future and how it can support the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As an international network focused on disseminating the world’s aquatic science, fisheries and aquaculture research, there are many ways in which ASFA can and does contribute to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


This document presents the report of the 2021 ASFA Advisory Board Meeting, which took place 13–17 September 2021. Though conducted virtually, the meeting provided a platform for lively discussions with ideas proposed that will benefit ASFA as it continues its transition to an open information network focused on meeting the needs of aquatic science, fisheries and aquaculture stakeholders.


The 47th bi-annual Meeting of the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) Advisory Board was hosted by the University of Malaysia Terengganu and took place from 22 to 26 September 2019 in Terengganu, Malaysia. This meeting was a key milestone in gearing the ASFA transition towards a new business model, with many changes already proceeding.


This issue of ASFA Magazine celebrates the launch of OpenASFA and highlights other information sources and partnerships, including the FIRMS Partnership and AquaDocs repository. OpenASFA is the new system for creating, recording and exporting ASFA records that will help revolutionise how ASFA contributes to the dissemination of fisheries and aquaculture research.


In this issue, we celebrate ASFA’s upcoming 50th Anniversary. ASFA was first published as a monthly printed journal of fisheries and aquaculture abstracts in 1971 and in this issue, we look back over ASFA’s past, as well as looking at some of the plans in store for ASFA’s future, namely OpenASFA, one of the most exciting developments in ASFA’s lifetime.


This issue of the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) magazine has a regional focus on Africa and features contributions from ASFA Partners in Benin, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia and Uganda.


This issue of the ASFA Newsletter focuses on Grey Literature. Grey literature is often defined as materials such as project reports, conference proceedings or training materials produced outside of commercial publishing. ASFA has historically been known to cover aquatic, fisheries and aquaculture grey literature, but with evolving technologies and Open Access and Open Science movements, is this still the case today?


The ASFA Newsletter updates on news and developments of the FAO ASFA Secretarait and the ASFA Partnership more widely. This first issue covers the 2018 ASFA Advisory Board meeting, where a number of important decisions about ASFA were made. Interviews with seven ASFA Partners are also included, who discuss their reasons for being involved in the partnership, how ASFA has benefitted themselves individually and also their institutions, and what their hopes for ASFA's future are.

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