Report of the RECOFI–FIRMS Workshop on Resources and Fisheries Inventories. Cairo, Egypt, 12–14 July 2011.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 992

Report of the RECOFI–FIRMS Workshop on Resources and Fisheries Inventories
Cairo, Egypt, 12–14 July 2011






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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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ABSTRACT

FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa.
Report of the RECOFI–FIRMS Workshop on Resources and Fisheries Inventories. Cairo, Egypt, 12–14 July 2011.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 992. Rome, FAO. 2012. 29pp.

The RECOFI–FIRMS Workshop on Resources and Fisheries Inventories was held in Cairo, Egypt, from 12 to 14 July 2011. The goal of this Workshop was to formalize an inventory of marine resources/stocks and fisheries for the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) area (at both the national and regional levels) for its eventual publication through the Fishery Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS [http://firms.fao.org/]). This inventory will be used as the backbone for regular reporting of status and trends of stocks and fisheries under the RECOFI mandate, using the Web-based framework and approaches established by FIRMS.

Ten representatives from six RECOFI Members (Bahrain, Iran [Islamic Republic of], Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia) and a resource person from Iraq participated in the Workshop.

The Workshop was successful in developing a skeleton for a regional marine resources and fisheries inventory. The skeleton of the regional fisheries inventory was elaborated based on the "three-dimensional diagram" approach, which allows the many facets of fisheries and their relationships to be visually represented and positioned. Fishery units were defined as fishing activities, and consistently with the RECOFI minimum data requirements. The skeleton of the regional marine resources inventory was initiated building from the 17 RECOFI priority species/groups, and will require further expert inputs from research institutes of the region. The Workshop dedicated a substantial amount of time to training on the inventory guidelines in order to develop capacity to extend the agreed inventory skeleton with the necessary data input.

The participants appraised the potential benefits of the inventory approach in support of a regional review of management measures at the national level, which will eventually support fisheries management in the RECOFI area.


Table of Contents

OPENING OF WORKSHOP AND WELCOME ADDRESS


PRESENTATIONS OF THE GOAL OF THE WORKSHOP


ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON AND RAPPORTEURS


ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA


RESOURCES AND FISHERIES INVENTORIES: PURPOSE AND IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK


APPLICATION OF INVENTORIES IN VARIOUS CONTEXTS


HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF THE RECOFI INVENTORY


PRESENTATION OF NATIONAL INVENTORY VALIDATION


REGIONAL CONSOLIDATION WORKING GROUPS


WORKING GROUP REPORT


CAPACITY BUILDING ON AND EVALUATION OF INVENTORY GUIDELINES


NEXT STEPS – ROAD MAP TOWARDS PUBLICATION OF RECOFI INVENTORIES IN FIRMS


USEFULNESS OF THE INVENTORIES


ADOPTION OF REPORT


CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING


APPENDIXES

A.

Annotated agenda and timetable

B.

List of participants

C.

List of participants

D.

Technical notes on the preparatory work done for the workshop RECOFI pre-inventories

E.

Matrix on presence/absence of RECOFI key species per country

F.

Collective training on "marine resources and fisheries inventories' guidelines and templates"


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