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.

News, Updates, Blogs

FiTI promotes transparency, collaboration at Kenya National Tuna Fishery workshop

Mombasa, 27-28 February 2024. The FiTI International Secretariat recently participated in a series of meetings with stakeholders in Kenya to discuss the development of transparent and sustainable tuna fishery management in the country. During the visit, FiTI collaborated with several stakeholders and explored options to promote fisheries management transparency initiatives in Kenya. Currently, Kenya’s tuna […]

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Mauritania publishes 4th annual FiTI Report, covering calendar year 2022

The FiTI National Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) of Mauritania has now published its fourth annual FiTI Report, covering publicly available marine fisheries information for calendar year 2022. By publishing this report, the National MSG demonstrates Mauritania’s continuing commitment to improve transparency in marine fisheries management. This report enables all interested stakeholders to better understand the status of the country’s […]

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Several fisherman are examining a small fishing canoe.

tBrief #09 – From transparency to participation: An elusive relationship?

Intuitively, we understand that government transparency is a requirement for effective participation. But why is participation important for fisheries governance? And if transparency can improve participation, what kind of participation should we be aiming for? In our latest transparency brief (‘tBrief’), we attempt to answer these questions and unravel the sometimes vague and often elusive […]

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Cabo Verde publishes first FiTI Report, prioritizing a transparent fisheries sector

PRAIA – Cabo Verde‘s Multi-stakeholder Group (MSG) has taken a critical step towards fisheries transparency this week, publishing their first FiTI Report and re-emphasising their commitment to improving governance within the marine fisheries sector. Although this new report provides public access to a range of previously unpublished information, it also highlights a diversity of challenges.

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An image showing a the front page of the Cabo Verde FiTI Report and several key figures from the report.

Guinea nears completion of sign-up steps, affirming its commitment to implement the FiTI

Conakry, 17-27 January 2024. The FiTI International Secretariat recently participated in a series of meetings with stakeholders in the Republic of Guinea to support the country in finalising its FiTI application process and developing the first Action Plan of the Conseil National pour la Pêche, l’Aquaculture et l’Economie Maritime (CNPAEM), which assumes the functions of […]

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Testimonials

FiTI in numbers:

8

Governments committed to implement the FiTI Standard

6

Annual FiTI Reports published by National Multi-Stakeholder Groups

81

Stakeholders engaged in National Multi-Stakeholder Groups

2

FiTI implementing countries validated for compliance against FiTI Standard

8

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

10

Country transparency assessments conducted