Topic outline

This course, adapted from the Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH) country case study approach, has been designed to support countries in their collection of national and sub-national level secondary data on the contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development.


This course is primarily intended for those who play a role in data collection, analysis and reporting for the fishery sector, as well as for people with an interest in the process. This includes:
  • Policymakers or advisors.
  • National fisheries administration officials.
  • Small-scale fishing community organizations.
  • Representatives of NGOs, regional organizations. academia/researchers and the donor community.

  • The Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH) report, including the importance of measuring the contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development.
  • The scope of the IHH approach, the structure of the data compilation files.
  • Collection methods for the seven components and their indicators.
  • The importance of documenting all data findings and how to do it.
  • Essential troubleshooting knowledge to work around most common data collection gaps and ensure that data collection is done well.

The course consists of 4 lessons of approximately 20-45 minutes duration each:
  • Lesson 1 - Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH)
  • Lesson 2 - Overview of the IHH approach
  • Lesson 3 - Data compilation approach
  • Lesson 4 - Application and troubleshooting

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  • Partners

 Government of Sweden. Worldfish