The Twenty-ninth Session of the Committee of Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agricultural Organisation was held in Rome from 31 January to 4 February 2011. OBIS was present in Rome, with contributions to several side events. Presentations on OBIS were part of the programme of the side events co-organised by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Oceans Biodiversity Initiative and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre; and the side event organised by the Census of Marine Life. In both cases, the discussions led to promising contacts for further developments or data availability for OBIS. Powepoint slides used are available if you want to use these for your own presentations.