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

Being able to access fish and other aquatic resources in inland waters for nutrition and food security is essential for rural populations in many developing countries and inland fisheries contribute significantly to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Voluntary Guidelines [...]
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 [...]
This study confirms that fishing is an important activity in the Peruvian Amazon region. Using data from the national household survey and official landing statistics we arrive at two estinmates for the annual fish catch in the Peruvian Amazon basin [...]
This study analyses quantitative data of fish catches and fish consumption in the Amazon basin of Colombia. It is concluded that more than 15 000 tonnes are caught annually in rivers belonging to the Amazon basin of Colombia. One sixth [...]
These guidelines illustrate recommendations for good practices on data collection in Eastern European inland fisheries, and in particular the Western Balkan region, based on the methodologies and approaches used in countries throughout Europe and from FAO experience of inland fisheries [...]
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The present study, commissioned by the Sub-Division of Marine and Inland Resources of the Fisheries Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), takes stock of the inland fisheries in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal with a [...]