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

Angola signals strong interest in improving fisheries transparency through the FiTI

LUANDA, June 27, 2024. The FiTI International Secretariat recently met with Angola’s Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Carmen dos Santos to introduce the Fisheries Transparency Initiative’s (FiTI) mission and objectives. During the meeting, Minister dos Santos expressed enthusiasm for the FiTI, declaring that Angola will join the initiative by the end of the year.


Comoros joins FiTI!

The Union of the Comoros has committed to implement the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)! Comoros Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment, Tourism, and Handicrafts H.E. Houmed M’Saidie conveyed this commitment via an official letter to Dr. Valeria Merino, Chair of the FiTI International Board.


Ghana joins FiTI!

The Republic of Ghana has announced today its commitment to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). The official commitment letter was handed over by Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to the Chair of the FiTI International Board, Dr Valeria Merino, during a side event at the 36th session of the […]


Senegal must finalise the mandatory sign-up steps of the FiTI Standard or face delisting from the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)

5 July 2024. During its 25th meeting, the FiTI International Board – the global oversight body of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) – reviewed the lack of implementation progress in Senegal and issued a final request to the country’s national authorities to avoid delisting from the FiTI.


Mauritania reviews implementation progress, prepares for second FiTI validation

NOUAKCHOTT, June 2-11. The FiTI International Secretariat recently conducted a mission to Mauritania to support the country’s National Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) as they prepare for the nation’s second independent validation regarding the country’s progress in implementing the FiTI Standard. Regular validations of implementing countries are an essential part of the FiTI process and serve as […]


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