Assessment of demersal stocks shared by Trinidad and Tobago
and Venezuela

FAO/FishCode Review No. 3

Assessment of demersal stocks shared by Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Rome, 2004

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Foreword

This document contains the report of the FAO/WECAFC Workshop on assessment of demersal stocks shared by Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela, which was held in Chaguaramas from 18 to 22 November 2002. The event was hosted by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Principal funding for the workshop was provided under the FAO FishCode Programme through component projects Management for Responsible Fisheries (GCP/INT/648/NOR), with Trust Fund support from the Government of Norway, and Responsible Fisheries for Small Island Developing States (GCP/INT/823/JPN), with Trust Fund support from the Government of Japan. The workshop report is based on the work of D.L. Die (FAO/FishCode Consultant), J. Alió (Researcher, INIA), L. Ferreira (Fisheries Officer, MALMR), L. Marcano (Researcher, INIA) and S. Soomai (Fisheries Officer, MALMR), with the technical assistance of Kevern Cochrane (Senior Fishery Resources Officer, FAO) and the editorial assistance of the FishCode Programme staff.

The FAO/FishCode Review series publishes results of studies, missions, consultations, workshops, meetings and other project activities undertaken through the Programme, in furtherance of the objective of facilitating implementation of the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and related international fisheries instruments and plans of action. Individual issues in the series are distributed to appropriate governments, regional bodies, meeting participants and Programme partners. For further information on Programme background, publications and activities, please consult www.fao.org/fi/fishcode.


Die, D.L.; Alió, J.; Ferreira, L.; Marcano, L.; Soomai, S.
Assessment of demersal stocks shared by Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.
FAO/FishCode Review. No. 3. Rome, FAO. 2004. 28p.

ABSTRACT

This document reports on the FAO/WECAFC workshop on assessment of demersal stocks shared by Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela held in Chaguaramas (Trinidad) from 18 to 22 November 2002. The objectives of the workshop were to encourage assessment of shrimp stocks shared by Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela, evaluate the impact of fishing on shrimp stocks and make recommendations for their management. Recommendations were made to the national fisheries departments of the two countries with regard to the minimum biological data requirements for continued assessment and management of the shrimp fisheries. Discussions were also held on: the available data that could be used in a future assessment of shared fish resources and in future bioeconomic analyses, and in planning the collaborative work to facilitate these assessments and analyses; the effects of changes in gear technology; and the future working plan for the ad hoc Working Group. Results were presented to fisheries managers of Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela on the last day of the workshop. The main conclusion of the assessment carried out during the workshop despite uncertainties concerning data gaps is that some shrimp stocks are being severely overfished and are suffering from this overfishing. Two management recommendations were presented regarding the implementation of fisheries controls, and nine recommendations were proposed in order to better direct data collection and future research on the shrimp and groundfish fisheries including bioeconomic modelling.

Keywords: Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; fisheries management; coastal fisheries; marine fisheries; shrimp fisheries; Latin America and the Caribbean.


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