- promote a responsible fisheries sector management;
- stimulate an increased contribution of responsible fisheries and aquaculture to world food supplies and food security;
- provide a global monitoring and strategic analysis of fisheries.
As a contribution to the implementation of the strategy, the Fisheries Department produces a wide range of publications targeting different communities within the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
The most well-known and widely-distributed publications are those within the regular series category, such as FAO Fisheries Technical Papers and FAO Fisheries Reports, which reach a global audience and are normally produced in at least two official FAO languages. The FAO Yearbooks of Fishery Statistics, dating back to 1947, and in recent years the Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries and the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA), are distributed worldwide. Other regular series such as the FAO Fisheries Circulars, regarded as a quicker means of spreading more informal information, and the Technical Papers of FAO regional fishery bodies such as the Committee for Inland Fisheries of Africa (CIFA) related to specific regions, normally target narrower audiences. The FAO Training Series include fisheries and aquaculture titles for the benefit of extension and training activities and the publications of the Species Identification and Data Programme (SIDP) relate to taxonomic groups or geographic regions. All in all, the Department produces fifteen serial publications, together with occasional monographs and CD-ROM products, the total output of regular publications is some 100 titles per year.
In addition, there are documents often referred to as 'grey literature' because they are published in limited numbers, have a narrow distribution and, in some cases, are restricted to FAO and individual Members. These include reports of FAO fisheries projects and FAO fisheries bodies as well as papers presented at many FAO technical meetings. Fisheries projects often collect and analyse unique information and data for the benefit of FAO Members. The published results of this work, in the form of non-restricted project reports, are therefore frequently requested by specialists in fisheries and aquaculture around the world. Organizing, disseminating and making available this 'grey literature' is one of the functions of the FAO Fisheries branch library. FAO, created in 1945, has continuously published a wealth of information across a very broad subject range. Ensuring accessibility to a worldwide community with varying resources and means presents a challenge which new information technology is helping to meet. The distribution of bibliographic data for all FAO Fisheries publications and documents via the FAO on-line catalogue or via international databases such as Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) and Information Management for Agriculture (AGRIS) has been improved in recent years by the increasing availability of full-text digital documents. The FAO Corporate Document Repository (CDR) provides access to full text publications. Retrospective digitization is helping to make available older, and still in demand, publications via the CDR and on CD-ROM.
The Fisheries Library, through its Internet access or by e-mail: email@example.com, provides guidance on where to search and how to obtain copies of FAO Fisheries publications.