tBrief #01 – Transparency in fisheries: not as clear as it seems

Fisheries might have been slow to catch on to the transparency wave, but it is now widely accepted as being fundamental to sustainable fisheries management; yet, the subject is not straightforward at all.

This so called “transparency Brief” (or tBrief for short) is the first in a series that will try to discuss this global interest in more detail, including reviewing the evidence of lack of transparency in different aspects of fisheries, looking at emerging priorities (such as beneficial ownership transparency), as well as critically debating the effectiveness of transparency reforms for divergent groups and interests, such as small-scale fisheries, large-scale seafood companies, those fighting illegal fishing, and for governments wanting to develop a sustainable blue economy.

In this first edition we look quite broadly at the subject and set out a number of four basic questions in the hope to stimulate interest and debate:

  • What specifically does transparency in fisheries cover?
  • What do we mean by the word transparency?
  • What are the reasons for a lack of transparency?
  • What are the assumptions being made about the impact of increasing transparency?

We hope you will find this first edition of our tBrief interesting and stimulating. You can download the tBrief in the following three languages:




This publication is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.