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.  ISSF is the first global repository of small-scale fisheries data, allowing users to share their knowledge and data on small-scale fisheries on a global level. ISSF dataset called "SSF Profiles"  allows anyone (including you!) to record and share information about small-scale fisheries in communities, regions, countries, etc. using a common core set of characteristics describing the fishery. This set of characteristics resulted from more than 2 years of consultation with SSF experts from around the world. If you studied SSF in specific places, it is time to share this information as a profile on ISSF!


How to submit a profile of your small-scale fisheries case study?

1) Visit the ISSF page.

2) Create an account: Click on the 'Sign up' button at the top right side of the page and provide a valid email and password.

3) Log in: After verifying your email address you will be able to log in to your account. This gives you access to contribute and export data on ISSF.

4) Contribute: By clicking on the 'Contribute' button on ISSF webpage you will be able to contribute to eight different data layers. Simply select the ‘SSF Fisheries’ layer and fill out the form (at least 75% completion). Once a profile is created, the information will be publicly available on ISSF but you will be acknowledged as the ‘contributors(s),’ as well as the ‘author(s)’ of the SSF profile in the synthesis reports that we will continue to compile.

5) PDF template: You can also contribute your SSF case study by downloading and completing the 'SSF Profile' PDF template. Please send your completed 'SSF profile' to

6) Explore/Export: After you submit the data, it will be added to the ISSF interactive map and become available for all ISSF users. Your case study profile may be exported by clicking on the 'Export' button found below the map.

7) Need additional information? Please refer to ISSF ‘HELP’ page for further assistance.

Be part of the ISSF community and contribute!

Please feel free to forward the 'SSF Profile' template to your networks, including fishing communities and NGOs. If you have any question or comment, email us at