Report of the FAO Workshop for the Development of a Global Database for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems. Rome, 7–9 December 2011.

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 1018

Report of the FAO Workshop for the Development of a
Global Database for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems
Rome, 7–9 December 2011






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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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ABSTRACT

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Report of the FAO Workshop for the Development of a Global Database for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems. Rome, 7–9 December 2011. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 1018. Rome, FAO. 41 pp.

The Workshop for the Development of a Global Database for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs), which was held at the headquarters of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) in Rome, Italy from 7 to 9 December 2011.

The Workshop was organized in response to the need for implementation and development of a Global Database for VMEs. The main objectives of the workshop were to i) determine what types of data and information need to be collated to be most useful in facilitating decision-making for regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements RFMO/As and states (and industry) in relation to management of impacts on VMEs; and ii) to determine a development strategy for options for developing the FAO VME database based on stakeholder input.

The workshop was attended by a range of stakeholders, participating in their personal capacity, including representatives of regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements (RFMO/As), intergovernmetnal and non-governmental orgranizations and scientific institutes.

Participants discussed five different topical areas 1) overview of RFMO/As VME-related activities, 2) overview of industry perspectives and inputs, 3) experience in VME-related databases and 4) tools and frameworks for the database, and 5) VME database options, priorities and a roadmap. Break-out group discussions pertaining to industry, management and science issues, and addressing database requirements are included under the relevant sections. Main conclusions where agreed upon which pave the way for the development of the VME database.


Table of Contents

Preparation of this document

Abstract

Abbreviations and acronyms

 

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Data

 

Development

 

Products and services


OPENING OF THE SESSION AND WELCOME

 

Background

 

Workshop objectives

 

Appointment of the Chairperson

 

Adoption of the Agenda


SESSION 1: OVERVIEW OF RFMO/A VME-RELATED ACTIVITIES

 

Presentation – Contribution from RFMOs: summary of responses to questionnaire, by Odd Aksel Bergstad

 

General discussion

   

Diversity of VME identification processes and methodologies and challenges

   

Data inputs and challenges

   

Scope and design of the database


SESSION 2: OVERVIEW OF INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES AND INPUT

 

Presentation – VME Risk Areas: How to capture the experience of the fishing industry and combine that with science information in ABNJ Deep-sea Fisheries, by Graham Patchell

 

Presentation – Data from the industry in the North-East Atlantic, by Pascal Lorance

 

Discussion


SESSION 3: EXPERIENCE IN VME-RELATED DATABASES

 

Presentation – Data sources and types used by ICES and NAFO WGDEC and the development of an integrated database of VME records for the North Atlantic, by Francis Neat

 

Presentation – Developing linkages between the EBSA data repository, the OBIS information system and the VME database, by Patrick Halpin

 

Other information presented

 

Discussion


SESSION 4: TOOLS AND FRAMEWORKS FOR THE DATABASE

 

Presentation – Overview of frameworks and tools for the database, by Marc Taconet

 

Presentation – Some initial proposals of information products: structure, contents and functionalities for the VME database, by Fabio Carocci

 

Discussion

 

Other information presented


DEMONSTRATION OF POSSIBLE TOOLS

 

Presentation – Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS), by Aureliano Gentile

 

Presentation – D4Science and iMarine infrastructures, by Anton Ellenbroek

 

Discussion


DISCUSSION GROUP SUMMARIES

 

Science discussion group

   

What do you hope to gain from the FAO VME database?

   

What can you contribute to the FAO VME database?

   

Are there any other existing initiatives that may be important to connect to the VME database?

 

Management and policy discussion group

   

What do you hope to gain from the VME database?

   

What can you contribute to the VME database?

   

Are there any other initiatives that may be important to consider?

   

Other points of discussion

 

Industry discussion group

   

What do you hope to gain from the FAO VME database?

   

What can you contribute to the FAO VME database?

   

Are there any other existing initiatives that may be important to connect to the VME database?


FAO VME DATABASE OPTIONS, PRIORITIES AND ROAD MAP

 

Summary of the group discussions

   

Technical group report

   

Governance group report

 

Discussion

   

Use of the VME database

   

Sustainability and engagement of RFMO/As

   

Networking


ROADMAP/MILESTONES


VME-database milestones


APPENDIXES

A.

Annotated Agenda

B.

List of participants

C.

RFMO/As experiences in VMEs: Questionaire for RFMO/As

D.

RFMO/As experiences in VMEs: Analysis of the responses to the questionnaire

E.

Breakout discussion groups

F.

Governance, data sharing policies, networking, sustainability as per the outcome of the Governance Subgroup (Session 5)

G.

Different levels of products for the VME database

H.

Summary of the information to be included in the VME database


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