Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nationsfor a world without hunger
Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Step 4 – Implementation, monitoring and performance review
Implementing a new management system can be helped by generating an operational plan that outlines, in detail, what would need to be done by whom, by when, and where. This includes identifying all the activities that need to change, any additional activities needed plus those activities no longer needed. The complete set of the required activities and their timelines with the resources available should show whether the proposed set of management arrangements is feasible or if they need to be revised.
When the feasibility of the system is confirmed, all proposed fishery management actions and arrangements need to be incorporated into a formal Fisheries Management ‘Plan’ which has an appropriate legal basis. This can require drafting legislation or regulations but for community based fisheries other less formal documentation may be applicable.
Monitoring, evaluation and review of performance is a critical step in the adaptive management planning process. It is essential both to ensure adequate performance is being generated against current objectives but also that the fishery is maintaining relevance with community expectations. The review process includes three inter-related cycles.
The real ‘final’ activity in the management process is to regularly report the outcomes of the management system to all stakeholders so they can consider whether the performance against each of the objectives has been acceptable or not.
(i) creation of a detailed operational (implementation) plan
(ii) formal adoption of the EAF based management ‘plan’
(iii) regular reports on level of activities completed to execute the operational plan
(iv) periodic reports on the performance of the entire management system in generating acceptable performance for each of the operational objectives and overall community outcomes.