The Sustainable Fisheries Toolkit is a comprehensive set of resources that can help diagnose the challenges, opportunities, drivers and dynamics in your fishery system and inform strategies for successful design and implementation of sustainable fisheries management. As you explore and apply this beta version of the Toolkit, we appreciate your feedback and recognize that ongoing input from stakeholders like you will help us make these resources even more effective over time.

The Toolkit is organized by phases, which serve as a roadmap for fishery reform. The phases describe the general steps typically taken over the course of the fishery reform process. The phases are generally sequential, but your fishery reform process may begin at any point, or you may be working to address multiple phases at once. You can access and use the Toolkit no matter what phase your fishery is in.

Read the overview of each phase below and click on an individual phase on the left for more details and resources about that phase. Each phase page offers tools, manuals and other resources that may be applicable during that phase.

A complete list of tools and resources is available on the Resources page of this site.


  • In strategic scoping, fishery practitioners explore challenges, opportunities and goals within a region and develop a strategy for engaging with a fishery system.
  • The site selection process allows fishery practitioners to select the most strategically appropriate sites or fisheries to work in based on their project strategy.
  • In this phase, fishery practitioners conduct a deeper analysis of the conditions at the site(s), including engaging with fishery stakeholders and collecting information to better understand the fishery.
  • The design phase involves deep engagement with fishery stakeholders to design solutions for the fishery and develop management plans.
  • In the implementation phase, the program designed “on paper” goes live “on the water”, requiring administrative systems, including ongoing science, monitoring, enforcement and decision making.
  • In the evaluation phase, systems are set up for ongoing evaluation of the performance of the fishery management program.