ISSF – Call for contributions


Have you had an interesting experience with small-scale fisheries lately? Have a case study that you or your team worked on based on small-scale fisheries? What does your small-scale fishery need for capacity development? 

Too Big To Ignore invites you to join us in putting small-scale fisheries on the map.

Since its launch in September of 2014, thanks to people like you, ISSF has been populated with 1000’s of records. From SSF publications to SSF profiles and organizations, ISSF is packed full of useful fisheries data from all over the world. At this time, we need your knowledge and expertise in populating the following three layers!


The experiences dataset exists as a platform for users from around the world to share their experiences with small-scale fisheries whether they are direct or indirect. The types of small-scale fisheries experiences we share differ from person to person and place to place, some of these experiences are positive while others are negative. ISSF now allows these experiences to be expressed through image or video and also provides space for a description of this experience to compliment your media choice. Sharing your experiences allows others to be “in the know” about the things that are happening in small-scale fisheries worldwide. Click the experience button above for an example.


The case study dataset consists of a number of fillable text fields and can essentially be broken down into two sections. For the first set of questions we are looking for background context, your role in the case study, the case study area, and information about the fishery. As for the second part we are looking more towards the issues, stakeholder involvement, and what key activities and innovation were used to address the issues. Sharing your case studies has knowledge-sharing benefits for you and for others. Click the case studies button above for an example.


The capacity development dataset is a source for fishers and fisheries to share what they have or need for capacity development in several areas including: social/cultural, economic, ecological, and governance. Sharing your capacity development needs allows others to learn about gaps in small-scale fisheries and to possibly even to contribute to those needs. Click the capacity development button above for an example.

If you would like to share please visit ISSF and follow these steps:

  1. Make an account/Log into your account
  2. Select the contribute button found either above or below the map
  3. Choose from the dataset you would like to contribute to from the list on the left of the page
  4. Fill in all of the required fields to the best of your knowledge and then press submit
  5. Your information will be uploaded and shared with other ISSF users around the world