FAO Fisheries Report No. 852 FAO Fisheries Report No. 852
SFS/R852 (En)
SOUTH WEST INDIAN OCEAN FISHERIES COMMISSION

Report of the
FIRST WORKING PARTY ON FISHERIES DATA AND STATISTICS
Mombasa, Kenya,
2427 April 2007


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2008

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FAO/South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission.
Report of the first Working Party on Fisheries Data and Statistics. Mombasa, Kenya, 2427 April 2007.
FAO Fisheries Report. No. 852. Rome, FAO. 2008. 85p.

ABSTRACT

The first Working Party on Fisheries Data and Statistics was attended by participants from Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen.

The Working Party received national reports of each of the countries and examined the status of fisheries catch and effort data and statistics. Several countries do not produce annual fisheries statistical reports. In most cases countries attributed weaknesses in data collection to lack of funds and insufficient numbers of enumerators.

The Working Party discussed minimum data requirements for effective fisheries management in five generic fisheries types: industrial shrimp, artisanal shrimp, trap fisheries, demersal line and beach seine fisheries. Each country provided the existing availability of data for these requirements. Major issues of data collection (structural data, operational data and biological data), data processing, data analyses, data dissemination and other related matters were identified.

A list of metadata fields was presented to assist member countries provide data to the regional data coordinator of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) in order to set up a regional metadatabase. The availability of relevant regional and global information systems was discussed. WioFish, a fisheries metadata management system, was initiated to collate available information from small-scale fisheries of the Western Indian Ocean countries. The FishCode-STF (Strategy for improving information on status and Trends of capture Fisheries) project and the Fishery Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) are two initiatives towards a global strategy to improve information on status and trends of capture fisheries. StatBase software has already been adopted by the SWIOFP project for regional data management and would be available for South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) member countries for reporting, disseminating, gathering and sharing data. A schematic representation of the relationship between organizations, institutions, projects and information systems was produced. The Working Party was appraised on the development of a SWIOFP Web site and provided with a demonstration on applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in fisheries management.

The Working Party made recommendations on improving the situation of fisheries data and statistics for the consideration of the Scientific Committee of the SWIOFC.



CONTENTS

Report of the first Working Party on Fisheries Data and Statistics

Part I (Download  168 kb)

OPENING

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

STATUS OF THE COLLECTION OF FISHERIES LANDINGS
(CATCH AND EFFORT) AND OF FISHERIES DATA MANAGEMENT

DATA GAPS ANALYSIS (IDENTIFICATION OF PARAMETERS)

METADATA REPORTING

FISHERIES DATABASES
WioFish database
StatBase database
The strategy for improving information on status and trends of capture
  fisheries (FAO STF Project)
The Fisheries Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS): status and prospects
The FishCode-STF project
FISHERIES AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
WIOFP Web site being developed through the IW:LEARN project
Use of GIS in fisheries and fish stocks management
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING PARTY

CLOSING OF THE WORKING PARTY

Part II

APPENDIXES
A.  Agenda (Download A-B-C-D-E-F  72 kb)
B.  List of participants
C.  List of documents
D.  Speech by Prof. Micheni Ntiba, Chairman of the Scientific and Technical
     Committee of the Board of Management of the Kenya Marine Fisheries
     Research Institute
E.  Closing remarks by Mr Kaitira Ibrahim Katonda, Interim Regional Manager
     of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project
F.  StatBase SWIOFP: Preliminary inventory of the data on fisheries
     Country availability of minimum data for selected fisheries

G.  Country reports:

      France, Kenya  (273 kb)

      Madagascar  (538 kb) -  (515 kb)

      Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, (238 kb)
      South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen

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