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

This course explores how to assist migratory fish populations impacted by irrigation infrastructure. The course details migratory fish ecology and how river development such as dams and weirs impact fish, biodiversity and food security. It also looks at practical solutions [...]
Dia, M. 2023. Profil de la pêche continentale en Guinée. Circulaire de la FAO sur les pêches et l'aquaculture, No. 1266. Rome, FAO. Le sous-secteur de la pêche continentale guinéenne est doté d’un potentiel important mais peine à marquer ses repères en raison de [...]
Según FishStatJ de FAO, las capturas de las pesquerías continentales de América Latina y el Caribe que se analizan en este documento alcanzaron 510 499 toneladas en 2019, lo que corresponde al 4 por ciento de la captura continental en [...]
The ecosystem approach to inland fisheries management (EAIFM) requires the consideration of inland fisheries beyond the confines of the fisheries sector. Inland fisheries can be invisible in some fora and processes that can have major positive or negative impacts upon [...]
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 [...]