Fish is the animal-source food with the most rapidly-growing production in the world, and in low-income food-deficit countries it is often the cheapest and most accessible for poor consumers.

WorldFish, an international, nonprofit research organization, harnesses the potential of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture to increase food and nutrition security and promote better livelihoods.

WorldFish uses its technical and scientific expertise in fisheries and aquaculture to develop and deliver research advances, transformational impacts and policy recommendations that help the millions who are dependent on fish.

We focus our research on the three interlinked challenges of sustainable aquaculture, resilient small-scale fisheries, and enhancing the contributions of fish to nutrition of the poor in the places where we can make the most difference. By using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach, WorldFish addresses critical gaps in research that need to be filled to build evidence on the most promising pathways to impact. 

Research programs

Enable sustainable increases in livelihoods from aquaculture production without creating adverse socio-economic or environmental impacts.
Increase the availability, access and consumption of nutrient-rich, safe fish, especially for women of reproductive age, infants and young children.
Secure and enhance the contribution of small-scale fisheries (SSF) to poverty reduction and food security in priority geographies.

Cross-cutting themes

How can youth be engaged in fisheries and aquaculture value chains, and how can they help diffuse innovative ideas and knowledge within households?
How can enabling women’s access to productive assets and resources help boost agricultural production and reduce poverty and hunger?
How will climate change affect fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries, and how can adaptive capacity be built?