STUDIES AND REVIEWS No. 79

STUDIES AND REVIEWS

No. 79

GENERAL FISHERIES COMMISSION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN

AN ADAPTIVE APPROACH FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF
FISHERY STATISTICAL SYSTEMS IN MEDITERRANEAN
COUNTRIES

by

Salvatore R. Coppola
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2007

 

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Coppola, S.R.
An adaptive approach for the improvement of fishery statistical systems in Mediterranean countries.
Studies and Reviews. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. No. 79.
Rome, FAO. 2007. 54p.

ABSTRACT

The establishment of fishery statistics and information systems in many countries of the General Fishery Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) continues to be considered a high priority activity, and the need to monitor fishing activities and provide fishery management at all levels with accurate, reliable and timely data which can interact with stock assessment and economic and socioeconomic studies for decision-making is constantly increasing.

In accordance with FAO and the GFCM mandate, the objective of MedStat is to contribute to the sustainable and responsible fisheries management of fishery resources and fish production in the Mediterranean Sea through the implementation of a long-lasting statistical and information programme which will provide a sound basis for decision-making.

The whole national statistical system developed within this activity consists of a set of databases and associated statistical data collection and implementation methodologies and procedures that primarily cover the fishing vessel census, catch and effort surveys, and other surveys targeting monitoring and management issues.

Strengthening the capability of the fisheries institutions of the Mediterranean countries in marine fishery statistics and information systems, with a view to meeting the relevant national needs and requirements for participation in, and complementing in its entirety, the Mediterranean Fishery Statistics and Information System, is also considered a priority issue of MedStat.

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CONTENTS

1. Outline of the problem

2. Introducing the MedsStat statistical system

3. The fishery information issue in the GFCM

4. The database: building block of information systems
    and decision support systems


5. MedStat programme

5.1 The objective
5.2 MedStat database model
5.3 The adaptive approach
6. The organizational strategy
6.1 Direct support to the countries/institutions
6.2 National inputs
6.3 Outputs to the countries
7. The working hypothesis
7.1 The reconnaissance survey
7.2 Evaluation of the assessment
7.3 Implementation of the task
7.4 Consolidation and hand-over to the country
7.5 Reporting system
8. MedStat the database system for the Mediterranean
8.1 Development environment
8.2 MedStat database development
8.3 Physical location of the MedStat modules
9. MedStat components overview
9.1 The national MedStat management and monitoring system
9.2 Regional/national/local reference and codification system
9.3 MedStat- fishing vessel database
9.4 Catch and effort survey
9.5 The GFCM regional level
9.6 The MedStat database supporting the web portal
10. National capacity building component

11. The implementation process and MedStat sustainability
11.1 FAO-MedFisis project
11.2 FAO-COPEMED Project in support of MedStat
11.3 FAO-ADRIAMED Project in support of MedStat
11.4 TCP INT/2904 (FAO Technical Cooperation Programme)
12. The future of MedStat

Appendix 1   Selected bibliography related to MedStat
Appendix 2   Samples of forms and questionnaires used in MedStat
Appendix 3   MedStat Basic elements in the capacity building component
Appendix 4   Working strategy of the TCP Project for the Implementation of
                   a Regional Statistical and Information System in the Mediterranean region

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