STUDIES AND REVIEWS No. 77

STUDIES AND REVIEWS

No. 80

GENERAL FISHERIES COMMISSION FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN

THE OPERATIONAL UNITS APPROACH FOR FISHERIES MANAGEMENT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

by
Paolo Accadia
Irepa Onlus -
Istituto Ricerche Economiche per
  la Pesca e l'Acquacoltura,
Italy

Ramn Franquesa
Gabinete de Economa del Mar
  de la Universidad de Barcelona,
Spain

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome, 2006

 

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Accadia, P.; Franquesa, R.
The Operational Units approach for fisheries management in the Mediterranean Sea.
Studies and Reviews. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. No. 80. Rome,
FAO. 2006. 36p.

ABSTRACT

This document gives an overview of the discussions on the concept of Operational Units which was first conceived in 2000 and its development to date. The approach of categorizing fishing fleets into homogenous groups, or Operational Units, to implement effort control fisheries management, as requested by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, has been evaluated by a good number of workshops, meetings and pilot studies, the conclusions of which are summarized in this document.

Progress related to the agreement reached on the multidisciplinary criteria to define Operational Units is reported together with outstanding uncertainties on the definition and use of the approach in certain cases. The data requirements and structure of four data compilation tables are also described in detail.

© FAO 2006



CONTENTS

1. THE CONCEPT AND ITS ORIGIN

2. THE EVOLUTION (HISTORY): FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

3. RESULTS DATA REQUIREMENTS; DATA COMPILATION BASED ON
    NATIONAL ROUTINE MONITORING SCHEMES


4. SUITABILITY TO SUPPORT THE FISHERY MANAGEMENT PROCESSES

5. TESTING THE OU CONCEPT IN A FISHERY MANAGEMENT CONTEXT

6. MAIN CONCLUSIONS

7. REFERENCES


APPENDIXES

1. Operational Units Form Basic Parameters
2. List of minimum data requirements
3. Fleet segmentation
4. Example of linking FAOSAC fleet segments data with
    main fishing stocks in the GFCM Geographical SubArea 9
5. Description of the four Operational Units tables
6. Fleet and area
7. Main resource components
8. Effort
9. Economic structure