The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the largest autonomous agency within the United Nations system, is active in land and water development, plant and animal production, forestry, fisheries, economic and social policy, investment, nutrition, food standards and commodities and trade. Its specific priority is encouraging sustainable agriculture and rural development, a long-term strategy for the conservation and management of natural resources.
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Information and Statistics Service (FIPS) is responsible for global statistics and information on fisheries and aquaculture. FIPS also coordinates the development of international standards for fishery and aquaculture statistics (CWP), and supports partnership arrangements for the collation and sharing of information (FIRMS, ASFA). FIPS maintains FAO’s Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS) through which Departmental statistics and information are disseminated. FIGIS provides the web based infrastructure to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department’s integrated information resources, and the backbone to global information partnerships such as the Fishery Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS). It’s also within FIGIS that the development of OpenSDMX and Fisheries Linked Open Data semantic services have been initiated, now used for data exchange and advanced search. FIPS will collaborate in this proposal with the Stock Assessment (FIRF) and Aquaculture (FIRA) services. FIRF will contribute expertise and algorithms related to global stock assessment using a variety of software models. These models range from biomass models to spatially and temporally explicit models. In addition, the Service is active in identification and description of global stocks, and promotes the responsible use of stock indicators. FIRA is actively promoting the use of spatial analytical tools and georeferenced information for the analysis of Fisheries and Aquaculture data and in the development of Fisheries and Aquaculture management. It is also responsible for the production and maintenance of the National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO); a collection of maps of aquaculture sites and their characteristics at an administrative level (state, province, district, etc.) and in some cases even at an individual farm level depending on the degree of aquaculture development and the resources available to complete data collection form, and the level of clearance provided by the country experts.

FAO will lead the development of the services for stock assessment and fisheries monitoring, as well as cooperate in the design, development and validation of the other thematic services. FAO will provide tools and data, and share development tasks with other consortium members.


Key members

Marc Taconet is Chief, Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics and Information Branch. As such he is responsible for global fishery statistics and information, and leads unit of 50 fishery statisticians, information management, system developers and communication specialists. He is also Secretary of the FIRMS partnership, and the Chair of the iMarine Board in the iMarine project. In this project M. Taconet will manage the FAO inputs and provide guidance. He holds a Master's degree in Fisheries sciences. He has been working with FAO since 1987 in various African countries starting with fishery statistics. Since 1999 he has led as Senior Fisheries Information Officer the development of the Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS). In the successive D4Science1, D4Science2 and iMarine projects, he has held the role of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Management (FARM) Communities Manager, and iMarine Chair.

Anton Ellenbroek holds an MSc in Biology. After working with IUCN-NL and in Oracle projects, he joined FAO in 2000, developing information systems. He contributed to e.g. the Domestic Animal Genetic Diversity Information System, the Database on Introductions of Aquatic Species, the Biotechnology Compendium and a Global Inventory on Biotechnology Capacity. He was appointed as Communities Technical Coordinator for the D4Science-II project, and acted as iMarine Board Secretary in the iMarine initiative.