About us

Inspiring action for sustainable fisheries: Today and the future

Fishnet communityFishNet is a growing online community set up by IIED for people who are interested in sustainable fisheries. Since launching in November 2013, we have gained members from around the world, including policy makers, fishers, researchers, academics, activists and consumers.

Our community - which anyone can join - can be used to learn about sustainable fisheries as well as to interact with other people in the sector. Members can also use FishNet to share: 


FishNet recognises the damaging impact that ineffective marine and coastal management has on international development and the environment, but FishNet aims to raise awareness about the solutions. We believe that sustainable development can meet the challenges caused by overfishing, habitat destruction, natural disasters and climate change. As such, we take the positive perspective that fisheries from around the world can be made to work for the future as well as today. 


FishNet was created to bridge the gap that traditionally exists between stakeholders, including scientists, researchers, practitioners, fishers and consumers. It aims to do this by:

  • promoting informed decision making and fisheries literacy by demystifying complex theories and scientific findings to make them more accessible to policymakers and consumers 
  • being a platform that allows members to share knowledge and hard-earned lessons 
  • providing the space where members can learn about events and research in sustainable fisheries

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You will be able to interact with other people with an interest in fisheries, share information and play your part in achieving our common goal of creating healthy marine and coastal ecosystems and resilient fisher communities.

International Institute for Environment and Development
80-86 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8NH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 7399


FishNet was created by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) as part of its work on the economics of marine and coastal fisheries.