FishNet: Inspiring action for sustainable fisheries

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FishNet is an online community for everyone interested in sustainable fisheries. Working together we aim to inspire action and create fisheries that work for today as well as the future.

FishNet is an online community that brings together people with an interest in sustainable fisheries

Late 2013 saw the launch of FishNet, an online community that brings together people with an interest in sustainable fisheries. It's an online space to debate issues, share hard-earned lessons and plan joint work.

We are encouraging all those interested in sustainable fisheries to join FishNet. Anyone can join, and the network already includes researchers, activists, policy-makers, academics, fishers and ordinary citizens (consumers). 

FishNet members can share their knowledge with members from around the world, interact with one another to understand different perspectives and learn about research and events related to sustainable fisheries.

Fisheries – what needs to change?

Marine ecosystems sustain the livelihoods of millions of people. But world fish stocks are running dangerously low. Nevertheless, we believe that there are a number of success stories that need to be shared and to help encouurage a shift from the widespread negative impressions about global fisheries, and promote a positive narrative based on innovation.

We also believe there is a traditional gap between policy-makers, researchers, producers and consumers that hinders discussion and knowledge sharing. This gap needs to be bridged.

Our aims

  • We want to create a positive narrative and put practical solutions and ideas before politics
  • We want to foster the sharing of ideas across borders, explore what fisheries have in common across the world and initiate community-based fisheries management
  • We want to demystify the complex ideas surrounding sustainable fisheries and encourage much-needed dialogue
  • Ultimately, we hope to increase consumer literacy regarding fisheries and inspire action for sustainable fisheries.

FishNet complements one of IIED's work on the economics of marine and coastal fisheries, which aims "to create a space to foster dialogue between different interest groups at varying levels that will promote fisheries that work for today as well as the future".

FishNet is an online community for everyone interested in sustainable fisheries

How FishNet works

All FishNet members can post relevant content to the FishNet site.

Members can easily upload links to news articles, blogs, photos, videos and other resources. Posts can range from a blog about policies aimed at addressing illegal fishing to a discussion of the role of the private sector in financing sustainable fishing. Members can also post questions that can be answered by other specialist members in the community.  

FishNet members can also use the online community to interact with others, developing their networks and connections with individuals from different sectors in the same field.

It doesn't matter whether you're a policy-maker, a researcher, an activist, a producer or a keen individual – FishNet is for everyone to share, interact and learn.

How you can get involved

We want to involve as many individuals interested in sustainable fisheries as possible and the number of Fishnet members continues to grow steadily. Why not:

Donors

DFID (Department for International Development)

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