Core characteristics of the FiTI

Fisheries management

The FiTI focuses on public access to information for 12 thematic areas of marine capture fisheries, such as fishing licenses, vessel registry, catch data, subsidies and beneficial ownership.

Collective action

Transparency needs trust! This is why the FiTI is implemented through National Multi-Stakeholder Groups, equally represented by government, companies and civil society.

Visibility & Usability

Transparency requires a two-sided approach: making data available in the public domain, and ensuring that stakeholders can draw reliable conclusions from it.

Progressive improvement

Countries are not expected to have complete data for every thematic area from the beginning. Instead, public authorities must disclose the information they have, and where important gaps exist, demonstrate improvements over time.

Quality at source

The FiTI does not replace or duplicate existing government systems. Instead, the need for national authorities to develop and strengthen their own systems for collecting and publishing information online is emphasised.

Robust assurance

The FiTI International Board undertakes regular evaluations to verify compliance of all participating countries against the FiTI Standard. This covers the provision of FiTI Reports, the meaningful involvement of stakeholders, as well as the impact of the FiTI in the country.

FiTI Standard: Defining for the first time what information on fisheries management should be published online by governments!

The FiTI Standard is an internationally recognised framework that sets clear requirements on what is expected from countries regarding transparency in marine fisheries.
It was developed in a 2-year global consultation process with government representatives from fishing nations, industrial and artisanal fishing entities, civil society and intergovernmental organisations.

FiTI countries:

We contribute to the sustainability of marine fisheries by supporting the following countries to enhance the accessibility, credibility and usability of national fisheries management information.

News, Updates, Blogs

A text box and the Indonesia flag cropped to a circle, all resting on a background of blue connected dots. The text title reads "TAKING STOCK:Online Transparency of Fisheries Management Information. Assessing the level of information that Indonesia's national authorities publish on government websites regarding the country's marine fisheries sector.

FiTI initiates transparency assessment of Indonesian marine fisheries management

The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), in partnership with the Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative (IOJI), has begun its national transparency assessment of marine fisheries management in Indonesia to enhance local and global understanding on the levels of public access to fisheries information. The ‘TAKING STOCK – Online Transparency of Fisheries Management Information’ assessment will review 39 […]


Stakeholders push for West African states to join FiTI at Regional Forum

BISSAU, April 23-25. The Fisheries Transparency Initiative’s (FiTI) International Secretariat recently attended the Regional Coastal and Marine Forum in Bissau, where FiTI Regional Coordinators presented on the benefits of transparency in marine fisheries management and the FiTI Standard and attendees advocated for coastal African states to join the FiTI. Sponsored by the Regional Partnership for […]


Support for the FiTI in Latin America compatible with Escazu Agreement

With commitments from the governments of Ecuador and Chile, the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) continues to gain momentum in Latin America. This progress is critical not only for improving transparency and participation in fisheries management in the region, but also for the successful implementation of the Escazu Agreement.


Seychelles’ latest FiTI Report shows benefits of making fisheries transparency ‘mainstream’

25 April  2024. Seychelles’ National Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) recently unveiled its fourth annual FiTI Report, describing the state of its marine fisheries sector throughout 2022. This publication stands as a crucial resource for local and global stakeholders alike, offering insights into the dynamics shaping Seychelles’ marine fisheries. The 2022 FiTI Report presents a comprehensive array […]


Countries point to FiTI as leaders advocate for transparent fisheries at Our Ocean Greece

ATHENS. Fisheries transparency was in the spotlight last month as leading authorities on ocean governance advocated for improving public access to fisheries management information at the Our Ocean Greece conference in Athens. Gathering 3,800 ocean leaders and officials from 119 countries, the Our Ocean Greece conference saw nonprofits and governments commit to taking 471 concrete […]


Support from FiTI, UNODC bolsters Ecuador’s progress towards first FiTI Report

Manta, 25-26 April. The FiTI International Secretariat recently travelled to Ecuador to attend the fifth meeting of the nation’s National Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) to support discussions on the first draft of the nation’s 2022 FiTI Report. Over 20 representatives from Ecuador’s fisheries sector attended the meeting, including members of industry, government, and civil society, and […]


FiTI promotes awareness of its Standard in Mozambique

Maputo, 3-4 April 2024. The FiTI International Secretariat recently participated in a World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) workshop in Mozambique to review national progress on fisheries transparency and discuss how implementation of the FiTI Standard can support existing transparency efforts in the country. From 3-4 April 2024, the second edition of the Transparency Dialogue in the Fisheries Sector […]


FiTI in numbers:


Governments committed to implement the FiTI Standard


Annual FiTI Reports published by National Multi-Stakeholder Groups


Stakeholders engaged in National Multi-Stakeholder Groups


FiTI implementing countries validated for compliance against FiTI Standard


transparency briefings (short 'tBriefs') published in English, French, Spanish


Country transparency assessments conducted