📢 The Illuminating Hidden Harvests report is out now! 📢


Very happy to finally announce the publication of the #IlluminatingHiddenHarvests: the contributions of #SmallScaleFisheries to sustainable development report!

About Illuminating Hidden Harvests: The global contribution of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development goals

Illuminating Hidden Harvests is a global initiative of FAO, Duke University, and WorldFish to generate and disseminate new evidence about the importance of small-scale fisheries to inform policy and practice. A major output is the Illuminating Hidden Harvest: The contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development (IHH) report, which assesses the current environmental, economic, gender, food security and nutrition, and governance dimensions of small-scale fisheries globally. Over 800 authors and experts worldwide contributed to the report. Read the report here.

New publication! Tiny fish could unlock big gains in tackling global malnutrition


Check out our new publication in Nature Food, “Small pelagic fish supply abundant and affordable micronutrients to low- and middle-income countries”, part of the Illuminating Hidden Harvests Initiative!

“Our findings show that nutrients critical to tackling malnutrition are within the reach of vulnerable people living nearby coastal and freshwater ecosystems across the globe. These small locally-caught fish are packed with nutrients key for sustaining healthy diets, are already caught in sufficient numbers, and are affordable. Small pelagic fisheries must be fished sustainably, and catches must reach vulnerable local populations.”

The research is part of the ‘ Illuminating Hidden Harvests ’ project, where an international
team of researchers and fisheries scientists collected data on catch volumes and economic
and nutrient data for over two-thirds of global fisheries catch, including nearly 2,350 species. The findings identified the most affordable and nutritious fish in 39 low and middle-income countries, and will help inform public health and fisheries policies in places where data on fish nutrients are scarce. Small pelagic fish hit a sweet spot of being highly nutritious, caught abundantly and, crucially, are also the most affordable fish, especially in low-income countries. They are rich in iron, zinc, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium and are up to twice as affordable as other fish groups. Herrings, sardines and anchovies were found to be the cheapest nutritious fish in 28 of the 39 countries studied. Cold-water demersal species, such as cod and flounders were found to be the least affordable.

Illuminating Hidden Harvests: A snapshot of key findings (webinar)


Tuesday 23 November 2021

If you missed our first webinar on the outputs of IHH, you can check it out here!

This 90-minute webinar provides a snapshot of some key findings from the IHH report. Due out in 2022, the IHH report ties together the efforts of nearly 800 authors and experts to contribute to a more complete picture of small-scale fisheries. Drawing on a tapestry of methods, including 58 country and territory case studies, the report examines the current environmental, social, economic and governance contributions of marine and inland small-scale fisheries at global and local scales. In this webinar, the IHH chapter leads shared a few key findings from the report and responded to audience members’ questions during the Q&A session.

More to come in 2022….