Environmental Defense Fund's Sustainable Fisheries Toolkit is the leading online resource for science-based information on rights-based management. No single organization in the world has invested more time or resources on rights-based management or education. Browse our Fisheries Tool catalog below.

  • This User Guide accompanies the Fishery Policy & Governance Analysis. Download this User Guide for detailed instructions on using the Tool.
  • Building familiarity with the basic characteristics of a fishery, such as information on the ecosystem, species landed and sociocultural characteristics of nearby communities, is critical to understanding fishery context. This tool is used to collect general information and contextual data from sites before designing and implementing and fishery management approach.
  • Many tools have been developed to support measuring and evaluating fishery performance. The Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs), developed by Anderson et al.*, are a flexible assessment tool designed to assess the state of individual fisheries in terms of ecological, economic and social performance. The FPIs can build a holistic understanding of the performance of a fishery and the communities it supports.
  • Many tools have been developed to support measuring and evaluating fishery performance. The Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs), developed by Anderson et al.*, are a flexible assessment tool designed to assess the state of individual fisheries in terms of ecological, economic and social performance. The FPIs can build a holistic understanding of the performance of a fishery and the communities it supports.
  • Identifying fishery stakeholders and their roles within a fishery system can provide context and inform strategies for implementing sustainable fisheries management. Use this tool to diagnose the major institutions and entities within the fishery system, their influence and their interest in improving fisheries management.
  • This User Guide accompanies the Fishery Systems Mapping Tool. Download this User Guide for detailed instructions on using the Tool.
  • The first few months after a new management system hits the water can be crucial in determining its long-term success. Use this tool to review the actions that are often necessary for implementing a new fishery management program.
  • The Fishery Characterization Guide helps stakeholders gather contextual information important for developing knowledge of a fishery. This mapping activity is designed to support data collection for the Fishery Characterization Guide.
  • Many tools have been developed to support measuring and evaluating fishery performance. The Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs), developed by Anderson et al.*, are a flexible assessment tool designed to assess the state of individual fisheries in terms of ecological, economic and social performance. The FPIs can build a holistic understanding of the performance of a fishery and the communities it supports.
  • Determining project sites, fisheries, or communities to begin working with is an important step for many fishery reform strategies. This tool outlines an approach to guide the selection of sites for a project based on criteria deemed important for project goals and strategy.

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