CoverFAO Fisheries Report No. 787     FIP/R787 (En)
ISSN 0429-9337
Report of the
FAO/WORLDFISH CENTER WORKSHOP ON INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO THE ASSESSMENT OF SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES
Rome, 20–22 September 2005


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
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PREPARATION OF THIS DOCUMENT

This is the final report of the FAO/WorldFish Center Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Assessment of Small-Scale Fisheries, which was held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 20 to 22 September 2005. The Workshop was jointly organized and supported by the WorldFish Center (Penang, Malaysia) and FAO through its FishCode Programme, under its project for implementation of the FAO Strategy for Improving Information on Status and Trends of Capture Fisheries . Support for the “FishCode-STF Project” is provided through contributions to the FishCode Trust (MTF/GLO/125/MUL) by the governments of Norway, Japan and the United States of America.

FAO. 2005. Report of the FAO/WorldFish Center Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Assessment of Small-Scale Fisheries. Rome, 20–22 September 2005.
FAO Fisheries Report. No. 787. Rome, FAO. 44pp.
ABSTRACT
The Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Assessment of Small-Scale Fisheries (Rome, 20–22 September 2005) was organized jointly by the WorldFish Center and FAO through its FishCode Programme as a first step in developing a collaborative project towards capacity building for small-scale fisheries assessment in developing countries. Participants represented various international and national agencies and academic institutions as well as private firms, and were invited on the basis of their extensive experience in small-scale fisheries either from a natural or social science background.
The Workshop addressed three main tasks through plenary and working group sessions: preliminary development of a framework for interdisciplinary assessment of small-scale fisheries; identification of appropriate approaches, methods and research needs to help fill small-scale fisheries information gaps; and preparation of an outline implementation strategy for a collaborative project on small-scale fisheries.
Key follow-up actions agreed by the Workshop were continued information exchange between participants via the Internet, including further feedback on the proposed project in capacity building, and circulation of a revised Concept Note on the project.

Distribution :

Participants in the Workshop
FAO Fisheries Officers, Regional and Subregional Offices


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CONTENTS

Abbreviations

BACKGROUND

OPENING SESSION

THEME ONE: DEVELOPMENT OF A FRAMEWORK FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY ASSESSMENT OF SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES

THEME TWO: APPROACHES AND METHODS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY ASSESSMENT OF SSF: INTEGRATION, CONSTRAINTS AND RESEARCH NEEDS

Identification of appropriate assessment methods

THEME THREE: CAPACITY BUILDING TOWARDS INTERDISCIPLINARY ASSESSMENT OF SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

CLOSING SESSION

Summary and conclusions

Next steps

APPENDIX A. TOWARDS INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO THE ASSESSMENT OF SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES AND THEIR ROLE IN FOOD SECURITY AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE USE - A Project Concept Note

APPENDIX B. LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

APPENDIX C . AGENDA

APPENDIX D. OPENING STATEMENT, FAO FISHERIES DEPARTMENT

APPENDIX E. THE “WICKED PROBLEM” OF MANAGING SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

APPENDIX F. NOTES FOR THE INTRODUCTION TO THE SSF FAO-WFC WORKSHOP ON INTEGRATED RAPID ASSESSMENT OF SMALL-SCALE AND COASTAL FISHERIES

APPENDIX G. WORKING GROUP MATRICES