Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries (REBYC-II LAC)

First participatory workshop of the Artisanal Fishing Management Plan for Shrimp Fisheries under the Ecosystem Approach

Iscuandé, Nariño, March 1-2 2018. The first workshop was successfully held to advance the construction of the fishery management plan under the ecosystem approach of the artisanal shrimp fishing and its bycatch in the community of El Cuerval on the Colombian Pacific (pilot site). 70 people attended mostly fishermen with approximately 50% of women, in addition to other actors such as National Natural Parks, Magdalena University as facilitator together with INVEMAR and WWF Colombia.

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During the first day, there was a review about the activities developed along 2 years of the project. An introduction was made of what is the management of fisheries under the ecosystem approach taking into account the three components of Wellbeing Human, Ecological Wellbeing and Good Governance, in addition to the principles. The rules of the game were set and the objective of the workshop was drawn. Through ludic activities, problems in the fishery between actors were identified and prioritized. On the second day, the principles of the ecosystem approach were consolidated through game activities with emphasis on their application to build the management plan. Subsequently, through a learning methodology, fishery management measures were selected taking into account the international guidelines for the reduction of by-catch from FAO. According to their importance by voting, the fishermen selected five management measures as follows: (i) fishing effort control, (ii) territorial rights, (iii) modifications of the trawl nets, (iv) fishing closures and (v) fishing quotes.

Based on these results, we will continue with the other steps to complete of the EAFM, which will be validated with fishermen in a later meeting. All the above in response to a process of collective construction and trust between fishermen and other actors in the fishery (authorities, NGOs, academia, research institutes).