There is a need to share existing fisheries resources and collect/integrate new in-situ data: this includes fish species, human resources impacting the fishery, as well as other aspects related to artisanal fisheries. This is required to understand the status of resources and exploitation rate and would allow stakeholders in various regions to develop plans and sustainable management practices. Some species are endangered and vulnerable, while some invasive species have been biologically and/or economically affecting some other fish resources in some regions due to climate change, migration and illegal dislodging of ballast waters. This Working Group will work with countries to identify the needs and the gaps in data availability and knowledge sharing for the fisheries community across local, regional and global level and scale of type of fisheries (capture fishery- artisanal, commercial; aquaculture- inland, coastal and offshore fish farming; species type brackish; socio-economic aspect), and support the implementation of an open knowledge platform to empower decision makers. 

Name Affiliation
Sophie Seeyave  Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans, United Kingdom
Isa Elegbede  Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany
Kwame Adu Agyekum  University of Ghana, Ghana
Anton Ellenbroek  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy
Nuno Grosso  Deimos Engenharia, Portugal
Nuno Catarino  Deimos Engenharia, Portugal
Koushik Panda  Deimos Engenharia, Portugal
Subrata Sarker  Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh 

Proposed Activities for 2020: 

  • SMS Fisheries Alerts for Bangladesh: Bangladesh is interested in generating potential fishing zone and ocean state SMS alerts for their fisheries communities.The Shahjalal University of Science and Technology will be working with an Organisation for Socio-Economic Development (AOSED) in Bangladesh to do a tech transfer of a similar system produced in Ghana. 


  • Fisheries Service Information Hub: This hub would provide information about local, regional and global fisheries services in a user friendly and interactive way. The hub will provide information about the services included the data, infrastructure, and software used to develop the service along with contacts. The goal will be to link the fisheries service community in order to bring awareness on what and how data is used for fisheries management and create a network for information sharing.