Global Fishing Index

Global Fishing Index

Global Fishing Index 1920 1272 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

The Minderoo Foundation – Australia

The Global Fishing Index is an independent assessment of the state of global marine fisheries, measuring country-level progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal target 14.4 (SDG target 14.4).

The Index uses three metrics to assess progress towards SDG target 14.4 in over 140 maritime countries. These metrics are 1) the state of fish stocks in a country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or EEZ-equivalent waters, 2) the capacity of a country’s governance system to effectively end overfishing and 3) the scale of fishing effort and capacity in a country’s EEZ or EEZ-equivalent waters.

The first iteration of the GFI was released in November 2021 and is the first in a series of reports that will be published throughout the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Lead Contact: Chris Wilcox (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 3- Sustainable Blue Food, 9- Capacity Development, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: Arctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean
type_of_action: Contribution


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