Topic outline

This first course provides a comprehensive overview of the world fisheries and goes on explaining fisheries management, its objectives, mechanisms and challenges. Subsequently Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) is introduced, explaining its underlying principles and key elements.


This e-learning course is intended for a cross section of audiences involved in fisheries or related fields, including:

  • Policy makers
  • Staff of fisheries institutions
  • Scientists and technicians 
  • Fishers and fish workers
  • Academia and students
  • Other practitioners, UN agencies, NGOs, RFBs (Regional Fishery Bodies)

  • Fish as a source of food.
  • Fisheries around the world: the socio-economic role of the sector, its broad trends and recent challenges.
  • Basics of fisheries management: how it works and why it is necessary. 
  • The specifics of fisheries management: the key actors, their responsibilities, measures, compliance systems and the Fisheries Management Cycle.
  • EAF key elements, principles, characteristics, advantages and challenges.

The course consists of 4 lessons, ranging from approximately 20 to 40 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - World Fisheries
  • Lesson 2 - Fisheries Management - Part I
  • Lesson 3 - Fisheries Management - Part II
  • Lesson 4 - Overview of the Ecosystem approach to fisheries

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

Digital certification

The course is targeted to watershed managers and technicians, who face important challenges in integrating risk considerations into their watershed management activities. The course would also benefit decision makers and practitioners with an interest in sustainable development and watershed management.

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