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Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries

Overfishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) negatively impact sustainable fisheries, livelihoods, and world fish stocks. In 2016, illicit fishing accounted for a staggering 25% of fish of the annual ocean harvest, and was valued at up to $23 billion, which is lost each year to legitimate fishers. Additionally, such practices threaten local biodiversity and food security in many countries. An essential step for an effective management of fish resources is the timely acquisition of information on vessels, stocks and catches as well as the exchange of such information between stakeholders.

Our Focus

To address this, UNECE established a Team of Specialists whose aim is to promote, facilitate and support the implementation of sustainable fisheries standards on a global scale, and particularly the Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange (UN/FLUX).

The Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries was formed in 2017, and now comprises over 80 experts from over 20 countries, working in government, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and industry. The team is lead by the Chair, Frans van Diepen of the Netherlands, and supported by the Secretary, Maria Teresa Pisani, and the Deputy Secretary, Helen Ross, of UNECE.

The Team’s current focus is to enable countries to implement the UN/FLUX fisheries data-exchange standard, which facilitates international efforts to combat the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing that is threatening our fisheries.

The Team and its work is part of UNECE’s Voluntary Commitment “Promoting standards for sustainable fisheries management and traceability of fish products on a global scale,” which is progressing on schedule.


You can find both an overview of the UN/FLUX Standard, as well as detailed information on the seven domains below.

The UN/CEFACT FLUX Standard  version 1.0    version 1.1


Here you may find documents relating to the Team's work, mandate, and outputs

The Team of Specialists has developed a template to develop case studies of individual countries’ experience implementing UN/FLUX, to share experiences and lessons learned. Please find here the template, as well as country experiences.

Here you may find links to previous and upcoming meetings; by clicking on the meeting’s link you may access related documents, such as agendas and reports.

34th UN/CEFACT Forum, 28 October -  November 2019
Report & Presentations: Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries, 29 October 2019

3rd Oceans Forum, 10 September 2019

33rd UN/CEFACT Forum, 1 - 5 April 2019
Agenda: Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries, 2 April 2019

World Wildlife Day 2019 Celebration in Geneva, 1 March 2019

Here you may find materials used during the promotion and communication around UN/FLUX.

To participate, register as expert on our online registration form. Under Areas of Interest, kindly check “Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries”.

Mr. Frans van Diepen, Chair of the Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries, Senior Policy Advisor for The Netherlands’ National Enterprise Agency

For more information please contact:

Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani
Secretary to the UNECE Team of Specialists on Sustainable Fisheries
Tel n°.: +41-22-917 4153
e-mail:  uncefact@un.org       maria-teresa.pisani@un.org