BOBLME fishing capacity assessment workshop (with CSIRO)
12 January - 13 January, 2015 at Phuket, Thailand
In the context of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and its overall objective of sustainable fisheries, the issues of excess fishing capacity in world fisheries is an increasing concern. Excessive fishing capacity is a problem also in the Bay of Bengal that, among others, contributes substantially to overfishing, the degradation of marine fisheries resources, the decline of food production potential, and significant economic waste. The Code of Conduct provides that States should take measures to prevent or eliminate excess fishing capacity and should ensure that levels of fishing effort are commensurate with sustainable use of fishery resources.
The International Plan of Action for the Management of Fishing Capacity (IPOA Capacity; 1999) for States and regional fisheries organizations, to achieve worldwide an efficient, equitable and transparent management of fishing capacity had identified a number of urgent actions: measurement of fishing capacity; diagnosis and identification of fisheries and fleets requiring urgent measures; establishment of records of fishing vessels; development of national plans and policies; subsidies and economic incentives; and regional and international considerations - collaboration through FAO and through international arrangements in research, training and the production of information and educational material aiming to promote effective management of fishing capacity.
The BOBLME 2014 Annual Workplan, upon request from BOBLME countries, has the following activity under the sub-component 2.3: Provide a training workshop on estimating fishing capacity.
In the above context, BOBLME will be holding a training workshop on fishing capacity assessment for the BOBLME countries on 12-13 January 2015 at Phuket, Thailand. The workshop will help the participants develop a clear understanding of the process of deciding optimum fishing capacity and the policy and management measures in this regard.
Please note, that you will be expected to undertake analyses of fisheries data, so each person will need their own laptop for the practical work. And, if possible, please also bring some country specific catch and effort data such as:
- annual data, either at the boat level with total catch (ideally by species caught), days fished (or something similar e.g. hours) and boat characteristics (e.g. length, engine power, crew number etc.)
- if it is fishery level data, then it needs to contain total catch (ideally by species caught), total days fished (or something similar e.g. hours), boat numbers and (if possible) average boat characteristics (e.g. length, engine power, crew number etc.)
- vessel level data for one year, or fishery level data for several years. Vessel level data is preferred if possible