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

Colombia and Costa Rica successfully finalized a technology exchange that will improve the science and management of fisheries

Framed within the project "Sustainable management of bycatch from trawl fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean (REBYC-II LAC)”, on May 7th 2021, Colombia’s INVEMAR - SIPEIN Fisheries Information System was successfully transferred to the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture - INCOPESCA to strength their capacity to monitor and assess national fisheries. This technology transfer was a result of joint efforts between researchers from both institutions to strengthen the fisheries information collection systems, through a pilot project developed in the Gulf of Nicoya, which will help assess and manage the different fishing resources in that region of Costa Rica. This is a South-South cooperation initiative that developed through a continued exchange between fisheries managers and scientists from both countries. This exchange will help advance the management of bycatch and discards of trawl fisheries in the participant countries in order to strengthen a broader regional strategy that seeks to improve ecosystems and livelihoods.