Support for Fisheries Research
 The need for improved generation and dissemination of knowledge relevant to the sustainable development of aquatic resources is recognised in Article 12 of the Code of Conduct as well as other major international normative statements such as the Study of International Fisheries Research (World Bank et al. 1992), the Kyoto Declaration on Sustainable Contribution of Fisheries to Food Security, and the World Food Summit. An important theme emphasized within the Code is the need for research that focuses on strengthening the relationships with both resource users and policy processes.

Component status:Operational from June 2005
CCRF Reference:CCRF Article 12
Budget:ca. USD 50 000 in ad hoc allocations from the FishCode Trust (No dedicated allocation/project as yet)
Primary Geo-focus:Global, with particular focus on less developed countries and countries in transition
Duration:Continuing. Additional donor participation invited. Est. further budget required 2006-2007 USD 300 000 (USD100 000 per region: Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa).

Underpinning the implementation of the Code, as recognized in Articles 7 to 12, is the need for two broad categories of information: general information about the Code (its goals, coverage, etc.) and specialized and technical information to support research, resource management and use, policy and development. Many FAO Members, in particular in developing countries, have stated that the lack of access to timely, relevant and accurate information is a serious constraint to the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. They have also indicated that access is just one of a series of related information problems. Poor opportunities to publish and disseminate fisheries information in developing countries is leading to a serious and growing under-representation of their research within the scientific literature. The unavailability of the results of research and management from countries with some of the major problems potentially weakens the future for responsible fisheries.

FAO has undertaken several activities to gain a better understanding of the challenges and to propose mechanisms to improve long-term access and sharing of essential information. The results of these activities and studies are available here.   

additional_info The nature of fisheries information

additional_info Information constraints in developing countries and actions needed

Related FAO Fisheries publications

Related FAO Fisheries resources and meetings
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