Report of the workshop on social and economic aspects of fisheries in the RECOFI region. Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 22–24 April 2012.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 1015

Report of the Workshop to Develop an FAO Strategy for Assessing the
State of Inland Capture Fishery Resources
Rome, 7–9 December 2011






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ABSTRACT

FAO. 2012.
Report of the workshop on social and economic aspects of fisheries in the RECOFI region. Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 22–24 April 2012.
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1015. Rome. 53 pp.

The RECOFI Workshop on Social and Economic Aspects of Fisheries in the RECOFI region was held in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain from 22 to 24 April 2012, following the agreement at the sixth session of the Regional Commission for Fisheries held in Rome from 10 to 12 May 2011. The meeting was convened by the RECOFI Secretary. The meeting was attended by 18 delegates from four member countries and two observers, as well as the RECOFI Secretariat. The workshop discussed the social and economic aspects of fisheries in RECOFI, reviewed the availability of data on the socio-economic statistics, analysis work and other relevant research activities in member countries and formulated a RECOFI action plan for regional cooperation in assessment of socio-economic aspects through identifying regional socio-economic indicators to be used at both national and regional levels. The integration of the human dimension, including the social and economic aspects, is essential in the context of the ecosystem approach of fisheries management. For this purpose, it was recognized that key issues in social and economic aspects in the management of fisheries and of the people fishing in the region must be identified together with necessary information indicators to monitor their status. The workshop concluded, among other things, that there is a need to enhance the collection of socio-economic information with a matter of priority by the member countries, and recommended that an applicable, practical and useful work plan on socio-economic work should be formulated to support technical capacity development to advance knowledge and that social and economic aspects must be integrated and incorporated into the RECOFI fisheries management framework to ensure a more holistic approach in line with the ecosystem approach.


Table of Contents

OPENING OF THE MEETING AND ELECTION OF THE CHAIRPERSON


OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP


COUNTRY REPORTS ON THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSION OF NATIONAL FISHERIES: AVAILABLE DATA AND COMPILED INFORMATION


IDENTIFICATION OF PRIORITY GOALS AND ISSUES FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF FISHERIES IN THE REGION


INTRODUCTION TO THE SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE


IDENTIFICATION OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INDICATORS TO BE USED AT THE NATIONAL AND REGIONAL LEVEL


IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOFI RECOMMENDATION ON MINIMUM DATA REPORTING


ESTABLISHMENT OF A SOCIO-ECONOMIST NETWORK AND FORMULATION OF A REGIONAL WORK PLAN


MAIN OUTCOMES OF THE NEAR EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGIONAL CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON SECURING SUSTAINABLE SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES (MUSCAT, Oman, 26–28 MARCH 2012)


OTHER MATTERS


ADOPTION OF THE CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKSHOP


APPENDIXES

A –

AGENDA

B –

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

C –

OPENING SPEECH BY PIERO MANNINI,RECOFI SECRETARY AND SENIOR FISHERY OFFICER, FAO REGIONAL OFFICE FOR THE NEAR EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

D –

COUNTRY REPORT: SULTANATE OF OMAN

E –

COUNTRY REPORT: KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

F –

COUNTRY REPORT: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

G –

COUNTRY REPORT: STATE OF QATAR

H –

COUNTRY REPORT: REPUBLIC OF IRAQ

I –

RECOMMENDATION RECOFI/6/2011ON MINIMUM DATA REPORTING IN THE RECOFI AREA

J –

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSIONS AND MAIN CONCLUSIONS



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