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Overwhelmingly cited by the majority of aquatic and marine science librarians as their primary database, the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) database is the premier reference in the field of fisheries, aquatic and marine sciences. Input to the ASFA database is provided by a growing international network of information centers monitoring over 3,000 serial publications, in addition to books, reports, conference proceedings, translations and grey literature covering the science, technology and management of marine, brackishwater, and freshwater environments.
Although primarily English language, publications in over 40 other languages are translated, indexed and included in the database. Published since 1971, the ASFA database at present contains more than 2,500,000 records.
The ASFA database is produced under the auspices of the ASFA Partnership, a network that includes 4 United Nations sponsoring agencies and more than 50 international and national partners as well as further 45 collaborating institutions and the ASFA Publisher. Each ASFA Partner is tasked with abstracting and indexing the aquatic and marine science literature published in their region. The ASFA Partners are represented on the ASFA Advisory Board.
The ASFA database has been published and distributed worldwide under a cooperative agreement between the ASFA Publisher (ProQuest) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. FAO provides the Secretariat for the ASFA Partnership.
The Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) Bibliographic Database is the principal information product produced through the cooperative efforts of the international network of ASFA Partners and a commercial ASFA Publisher. The database contains more than 2,500,000 bibliographic references to the world's aquatic science literature accessioned since 1971.
Access to the ASFA Bibliographic Database, by the general public, is available through subscription from the commercial ASFA Publisher ProQuest or from one of the ProQuest licensed providers (contact ProQuest for a list)
By agreement, access to the ASFA Bibliographic Database by participating ASFA Partner institutes/organizations is free. Free access to the database is considered as an entitlement (or recompense) for the ASFA Partner's efforts and expense in preparing and submitting references for inclusion in the ASFA database.
There is also an FAO/ASFA project initiative underway to provide free access to the ASFA Bibliographic Database to selected institutes in Low Income Food Deficit Countries (LIFDC).
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