Fishing with beach seines

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 562

Fishing with beach seines


Edited by

Uwe Tietze
FAO Consultant
Olympia, Washington, United States of America

Robert Lee
Fishery Industry Officer
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Rome, Italy

Thomas Moth-Poulsen
Fishery Officer
FAO Subregional Office for Central and Eastern Europe

and

Hans E. Båge
FAO Consultant
FAO Subregional Office for Eastern Africa


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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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ABSTRACT

Tietze, U.; Lee, R.; Siar, S.; Moth-Poulsen, T.; Båge, H.E., eds.
Fishing with beach seines.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper. No. 562, Rome. FAO. 2011. 149p.

This document provides a global overview of beach seine fisheries and identifies key issues relevant for the responsible use of beach seines and the sustainable livelihoods of beach seine fishers. It also gives guidelines for fisheries managers and other stakeholders on how best to address the issues of management processes and measures, which have the mutually beneficial goals of restoring and conserving the health of fishery resources and their habitats and safeguarding the livelihoods of fishers and their communities. The document draws on the findings of case studies coordinated and funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Fisheries and Aquaculture Department in the Gambia, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Peru and Sri Lanka, and by the FAO/United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (SFLP) in Benin, Ghana and Togo. In addition to the findings of the case studies, other studies and publications on beach seines were reviewed and used for the preparation of this document.


CONTENTS

Preparation of this document
Abstract
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations, acronyms and conversions


1. Introduction and background

2. Methodology

 

Coverage and focus

 

Field survey methodologies

 

 

Benin, Ghana and Togo

 

 

The Gambia

 

 

India

   

Kenya

   

Mozambique

 

 

Peru

3. Comparative analysis of findings

 

Overall importance, technological and operational features of beach seine fisheries

 

Literature reviews

 

Impact of beach seines on aquatic resources and habitats

 

Social and demographic characteristics and access to social services and infrastructure

 

Financial and economic performance of beach seines

 

Regulations, management measures and participatory approaches

4. Recommendations

 

Benin

 

Ghana

 

Togo

 

The Gambia

 

India

 

Kenya

 

Mozambique

 

Peru

 

Sri Lanka

5. Conclusions and guidelines

 

Discussion and conclusions

 

Guidelines for the responsible management of beach seine fisheries and the conservation of fishery resources and habitats

References

Annex 1 – Summary of findings of country case studies

Annex 2 – Designs of beach seines from the case study countries

Annex 3 – Financial and economic study of beach seining in Sri Lanka


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