Inland Fisheries

Inland small-scale fisheries have occurred since time immemorial and still abound in many different contexts and locations – both in the Global South and North. They are a significant provider of fish both for food and recreation as well as for commercial sales, producing over 30 percent of the total world’s fisheries catch each year. They are therefore essential for promoting global food security and balanced nutritional health, and their contribution to regional economy can be strikingly large. However, the sector is beset by many urgent issues such as overfishing, biodiversity loss, habitat degradation, invasive species as well as socio-political factors that relate to tenure rights or large-scale hydro development. In addition, a more fundamental problem might be that there has been inadequate public attention and political will given to inland SSF thus hampering effective conservation and management efforts. Within the SSF research community, also, inland fisheries may have been unduly overlooked in our collective research agenda, even though they are in reality too big to ignore.


The Global Conference on Inland Fisheries held at the FAO headquarters in Rome in January 2015 was a landmark event that gave undiluted attention to inland fisheries from multiple angles. The conference resulted in several key recommendations, including: (i) improving biological and production data assessment; (ii) adequate valuing of economic, social and cultural dimensions; (iii) negotiating external threats and seeking cross-sectoral integration; and (iv) achieving transboundary and inter-jurisdictional coordination.


TBTI Inland Fisheries cluster is poised to utilize the momentum gathered in the Rome conference to conduct relevant and high-impact research that can contribute to improving the governance of inland small-scale fisheries. Detailed information and guidance about the cluster can be found in the “Concept note”. 


For information on participation, see the “How to contribute” section below. 


By taking a global perspective, the Inland Fisheries cluster aims to identify and analyze some of the prevailing social, cultural and political hurdles to sustainable utilization of inland small-scale fisheries, and in doing so, it seeks to raise the profile of inland small-scale fisheries and generate insights that can lead to effective governance.

Research questions

E-book ‘Inter-Sectoral Governance of Inland Fisheries’: an edited e-book in Too Big To Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research (TBTI) publication series

Based on the deliberated output of the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries held in FAO headquarters in Rome in January 2015, this e-book focuses on the theme of inter-sectoral governance of inland fisheries. Production of inland fisheries is dependent upon the quantity and quality of freshwater and aquatic habitats and is predominantly influenced by factors external to the fisheries. Many of the competing uses of freshwater resources, such as agriculture, domestic use and hydroelectricity generation, and the lack of cross-sectoral integration among them are impacting the fisheries in diverse ways. There is an urgent need to learn about the issues and experiences from freshwater systems around the world (e.g., lakes, rivers, wetlands, estuaries, brackish lagoons) and bring forward a synthesis that discusses the trade-offs and synergies of inland fisheries with other freshwater development options.

For more information about the e-book, please see TBTI Inland Fisheries cluster_Call for contribution.

  1. An edited e-book: ‘Inter-Sectoral Governance of Inland Fisheries’. E-book chapters are now available for download.
Timeline / Work plan

An edited e-book: ‘Inter-Sectoral Governance of Inland Fisheries’:
December 15, 2015*   Extended deadline: Submission of expression of interest (see below)

January 31, 2016       First complete draft of chapter due

February 29, 2016      Editorial review complete

April 30, 2016             Final draft due

July 31, 2016             Chapters appearing on TBTI website as they become finalized. To download the chapters, click here.

How to contribute

1.  Send an expression of interest for an e-book volume  CLOSED

The call for contribution of case studies, for an edited e-book volume  ‘Inter-Sectoral Governance of Inland Fisheries’ is closed. To see the e-book and download the chapters, click here

2. SSF profiles

One of the main commitments of TBTI is to make information about SSF comprehensive and available to everyone. The SSF profile in ISSF is developed with this in mind. Currently, ISSF is running the first SSF profiles drive to complete the first 200 profiles. We would like to encourage all cluster members to help with this task by completing the fillable form and email it to We don’t expect that you will have all the required information. Please consult colleagues or literature as necessary.

Cluster coordinators

Andrew Song, James Cook University,  Australia

Steven Cooke, Carleton University, Canada

Paul Onyango, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Shannon Bower, Carleton University, Canada

Cluster members
Name Affiliation Country
A., Jose Plymouth Marine Laboratory UK
Abdul, Waidi Federal University of Agriculture Nigeria
Abobi, Seth Mensah Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research Germany
Abura, Samson Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization Uganda
Adekoya, Ezekiel Oriyomi Federal University of Agriculture Nigeria
Ainsley, Shaara FISHBIO USA
Akintola, Shehu Lagos State University Nigeria
Anatole, Danto CNRS / ApoliMer / UMR LEMAR / UMR ARENES France
Anene, Afamdi Abia State University Nigeria
Arthur, Robert MRAG UK
Asiedu, Berchie University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani Ghana
Bassett, Hannah Univesity of Washington USA
Bavington, Dean Memorial University Canada
Beard, Doug U.S. Geological Survey USA
Bower, Shannon Carleton University Canada
Cakacaka, Akuila Institute of Tropical Marine Research Germany
Chambers, Catherine University Centre of the Westfjords Iceland
Claussen, Julie University of Illinois USA
Davis, Reade Memorial University of Newfoundland Canada
Da Silva Batista, Vandick Universidade Federal de Alagoas Brazil
De Freitas, Debora Biosciences Institute São Paulo State University-UNESP, Coastal Campus Brazil
De Freitas, Rodrigo Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo Brazil
Dutka-Gianelli, Jynessa University of Florida Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences USA
Ferrer, Alice University of the Philippines Visayas Philippines
Fiorella, Katie Cornell University USA
Fofandi, Kamlesh Volunteer India
Friedman, Kim FAO Italy
Gabriel, Oyediji Lagos State University Nigeria
Ginindza, Joseph University of the Western Cape South Africa
Goetting, Kathryn Oregon State University USA
Gurung, Tek Nepal Agricultural Research Council Nepal
Hara, Mafaniso Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies South Africa
Haque, A.B.M. Mahfuzul Bangladesh
Hey, Sarun Cambodia
Hisham, Jafer Department of Fisheries India
Ichien, Stephanie Oregon State University USA
Jadhav, Adam Dakshin Foundation India
Jatoi, Qamer Uddin University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa Pakistan
Kappo, Ayorinde NASRDA Nigeria
Kehinde, Adekeye Fisheries society of Nigeria Nigeria
Khattabi, Abdellatif Ecole Nationale Forestière d'Ingénieurs Marocco
Kochalski, Sophia University of Liverpool UK
Kolding, Jeppe University of Bergen Norway
Kumar, Subodh Central University of Gujarat India
Lam, Mimi University of British Columbia Canada
Lamb, Norlan Conch - Conserving our natural cultural history Belize
Lau, Jacqueline ARC Centre for Excellece in Coral Reef Studies Australia
Lazar, Najih University of Rhode Island USA
Leeney, Ruth Protect Africa's Sawfishes Mozambique
Little, Dave Unversity of Stirling UK
Loury, Erin FISHBIO Laos
Lowitt, Kristen McGill University Canada
Lynch, Abigail U.S. Geological Survey USA
Manyungwa-Pasani, Chikondi Department of Fisheries Malawi Malawi
Marjadi, Meghna The Ohio State University USA
Marques, Elineide UFT Brazil
McClenachan, Loren Colby College USA
Mogalekar, HS Ph.D. Research Scholar India
Morrison, Dawn Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty Canada
Mphangwe Kosamu, Ishmael Bobby University of Malawi Malawi
Msomphora, Mbachi UiT the Arctic University of Norway Norway
Musinguzi, Laban National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) Uganda
Mvula, Stanley Department of Fisheries Malawi
Myers, Bonnie USGS USA
Nyikahadzoi, Kefasi University of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Oliveira, Ticiano Federal University of Alagoas Brazil
Olopade, Olaniyi University of Port Harcourt Nigeria
Oseni, Ismaila Lagos State University Nigeria
Palmer, Roy Aquaculture without Frontiers Australia
Parker, Kashiefa International Ocean Institute South Africa
Patricio, Harmony FISHBIO and Griffith University Australia
Ragusa, Gianluca International Independent consultant - Fisheries and aquaculture specialist Italy
Rainville, Tiffanie World Fisheries Trust- Amazon Fish for Food project Boivia
Raju, Surapa Council for Social Development India
Revold, Jens UiT-Arctic University of Norway Norway
Rice, Jeff Eco Warrior Vietnam
Richard, Natalie Alaska Pacific University USA
Rouhani, Qurban Rhodes University South Africa
Saba, Abdulwakil University of Lagos Nigeria
Said, Alicia PhD Student, University of Kent UK
Saine, Dawda Foday National Sole Fishery Co- management Committee Gambia
Salmi, Pekka Natural Resources Institute Finland Finland
Sato, Tetsu Research Institute for Humanity and Nature Japan
Schneider, Katharina Heidelberg University Germany
Setubal, Sylvia Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Tocantins Brazil
Simmance, Alison University of Southampton UK
Simmance, Fiona University of Southampton UK
Snape, Robin University of Exeter Cyprus
Taiwo, Ganzallo Sylvester Lagos State University Nigeria
Thiammueang, Daracha Maejo University Thailand
Tubino, Rafael Universidade Federal Fluminense Brazil
Urteaga, Jose E-IPER / Stanford University Nicaragua
Ward, Ansen Fisheries consultant UK
Yingst, Alexandra University Centre of the Westfjords Iceland