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This manual was born in part from work commissioned by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Sub-Committee on Social Science on the “Feasibility Assessment for a Database on Socio-Economic Indicators for Mediterranean Fisheries” and in part from the work carried out by Istituto Ricerche Economiche per la Pesca e l’Acquacoltura (IREPA) on the “Manual sampling for fisheries” used by their statistical recorders under the national multi-annual programme for the Italian Monitoring Programme for fisheries.

The Working Group on Socio-Economic Indicators (Salerno, 11-13 march 2002) reviewed draft guidelines on sampling methodologies for building socio-economic indicators and this manual is the result of this process and the efforts made by IREPA and Gabinete de Economía del Mar (GEM) supported and endorsed by Cooperation Networks to facilitate Coordination to Support Fisheries Management in the Western and Central Mediterranean (COPEMED), Scientific Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea (ADRIAMED) and Assessment and Monitoring of the Fishery Resources and Ecosystems in the Strait of Sicily (MEDSUDMED).

The manual was prepared by Evelina Sabatella and Ramon Franquesa and recommended for publication by the SAC (Rome, 1-4 July 2002).

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