Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF)

is  the first interactive global repository of small-scale fisheries, providing information on key characteristics of this sector in various locations around the world, as well as synthesized knowledge about their importance, contributions and potentials.

Through crowdsourcing tools, it invites people with information on different facets of small-scale fisheries to contribute data to help enhance overall understanding and global recognition of small-scale fisheries data. The goal of ISSF is to capture the key characteristics of small-scale fisheries in any given location across the ‘fish chain’ from aquatic ecosystem to plate, including the nature and type of fisheries and fishing activities, fishers’ relationships with fish buyers and money lenders, and the legal pluralism in the rules and norms governing fisheries. This system uses innovative ways to visualize information to help generate new knowledge and for effective communication with end- users, such as universities and policy makers, and provides a solid foundation for multi- level analysis of small-scale fisheries that will enable appropriate policy development and decision-making.

The ISSF was developed within the TBTI Working Group 1  and it was officially launched at the 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress that was held in September 21-26 in Merida, Mexico.

We encourage you to visit to learn more about what small-scale fisheries look like, what they are capable of, who’s doing research in small-scale fisheries, and which organizations support their viability.


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ISSF Updates

  • Types of injustice in small-scale fisheries Small-scale fisheries around the world face different types of injustice that violate their human rights, affect their livelihoods and wellbeing, and prohibit them from participating in decision-making, among others. more
  • Are you in a bubble? Covid-19 second wave is happening in many places, and thus we may need to retreat to our bubbles again. If you are not yet in a ‘Who’s Who’ bubble in your country, please add yourself there, by clicking on ‘ more
  • Is your paper in ISSF?   Do you want people to know about your research in SSF? ISSF offers the most comprehensive information system of all things SSF. Check out the ‘State-of-the-Art’ interactive data visualization and find more
  • Your contributed dataset – what it says? You contributed a dataset to ISSF? Congratulations! What does the data says and what can you do with it?    There are many ways to explore data in ISSF that you have contributed to. Check out our new more
  • ISSF 2.0 The Information System on Small-scale Fisheries 2.0 successfully launched!                 The Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF) is an more
  • SSF Profile – contribute now! The Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF)     ISSF is an online, crowdsourcing platform developed by Too Big To Ignore - Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research. more
  • E-book: SSF Small-Scale Fisheries Profiles Since its launch in September 2014, TBTI's Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF) has been the world's largest and most diverse small-scale fisheries online database. In 2015, TBTI launched one more
  • 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 more
  • Updates to TBTI’s Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF) We are pleased to announce that there have been a number of major changes and updates on TBTI’s Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF). Since its launch in September of 2014 ISSF has been populated with more
  • ISSF Update – SSF Profile Report and Image Uploading Image uploading: ISSF now allows users to include a photo when they create an SSF Profile which lets users see what the area looks like. Images can be added to SSF Profiles simply by copy and pasting the image URL more