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

TAKING STOCK: FiTI initiates online transparency assessment of fisheries management information for Vietnam

In an effort to support national authorities and other interested stakeholders in Vietnam enhancing public access to fisheries management information, the FiTI announced today the start of its ‘TAKING STOCK – Online Transparency of Fisheries Management Information’ assessment for the country’s marine fisheries sector.


FiTI joins new global alliance to counter nature crime

23 August 2023. The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) announced today its founding membership in the Nature Crime Alliance, which was officially launched at an event at the Seventh Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The Alliance is a new global, collaborative and coordinated effort to build bridges across disciplinary, geographic, and jurisdictional domains in […]


Germany supports FiTI through 5-year grant to enhance transparency in global fisheries management

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany (represented by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ) and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) will cooperate on the project “Sustainable marine fisheries through transparency and stakeholder participation”. The project has a timeframe of 5 years (2024 – 2028) and a grant volume of up to […]



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