Science and assessments

Science and assessments

Scientific analysis, data, and evaluations contribute to better management and sustainability practices. Learn more about data collection, impact analysis, and data-limited stock assessments.

Resources

Protocolo de monitoreo para reservas marinas

El presente protocolo se realizó con la inspiración de diferentes protocolos que se emplean en los tres ecosistemas prioritarios donde COBI trabaja. El objetivo principal es fortalecer las capacidades de los socios comunitarios, personal de áreas naturales protegidas, investigadores, estudiantes, y voluntarios en general, los cuales podrán conocer y aprender las diferentes técnicas de monitoreo, especies que se censan en estos ecosistemas prioritarios y así lograr una colecta de datos estandarizada a nivel nacional.

Seabird identification cards for fishing vessels operating in the Indian Ocean

These identification cards are intended to improve the reporting of interactions between vessels targeting species under the management mandate of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and seabirds. The major seabird species groups that occur within the IOTC Area of Competence are described and details of the species most commonly interacting with the pelagic fisheries for tuna and tuna-like species are provided in a clear, easily navigable, pictoral identification guide. Key diagnostic features are illustrated alongside distribution maps indicating species occurrence.

Marine turtle identification cards for Indian Ocean fisheries

This is an identification guide for marine turtles that may interact with the pelagic fisheries for tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean. The characteristics of the six species found in the Indian Ocean (flatback, loggerhead, hawksbill, green, olive ridley and leatherback turtles) are described with colour photographs, schematic diagrams of key diagnostic features and distribution maps.

Shark and ray identification in the Indian Ocean

These identification cards are produced by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), to help improve catch data and statistics on sharks and rays that interact with tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean.

New and emerging technologies for sustainable fisheries: A comprehensive landscape analysis

This document provides a landscape analysis of the technological ‘state of play’ as well as current activity relating to the use of new and emerging technologies to help solve common fishery-related challenges at the global, regional and national levels, including the individuals, organizations, countries and technology service providers engaged in these activities. Activities range from on-the-water technical implementations of cameras or other sensors to collect data, to regional scale efforts to monitor illegal fishing using satellites, to global scale efforts to streamline and modernize data management systems.

Adaptive management of fisheries in response to climate change

This report aims to accelerate climate change adaptation implementation in fisheries management throughout the world. It showcases how flexibility can be introduced in the fisheries management cycle in order to foster adaptation, strengthen the resilience of fisheries, reduce their vulnerability to climate change, and enable managers to respond in a timely manner to the projected changes in the dynamics of marine resources and ecosystems.

Environmental Rapid Assessment Report

Co-developed by Ocean Outcomes, World Wildlife Fund US, and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, the Environmental Rapid Assessment (ERA) tool is based on Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)'s performance indicators (PIs) and draws concepts/definitions from both the MSC and Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (MBA SFW) standards. The ERA is designed to present key information about a fishery and identify major deficiencies in ecological sustainability, for general scoping or to facilitate movement of a fishery into a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP).

Portraits of Change Video Series

This eight-part video series seeks to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and other stressors on fishers, fish workers and fishing communities across the globe. These videos provide a firsthand account of the battles faced by fishers and fish workers as they are faced with declining fish populations, increasingly common extreme weather events and disruptions due to climate change, COVID-19 and other stressors.

Manual de Buenas Prácticas en las Faenas de Pesca Artesanal

"El presente manual ha sido diseñado en el marco del proyecto "Fortalecimento de Prácticas de Pesca Sostenibles para la Autogestión: Empoderando Pescadores Artesanales Lambayecanos" (PNIPA-PES-SEREX-127), financiado por el Programa Nacional de Innovación en Pesca y Acuicultura (PNIPA). El objectivo del manual es contribuir con el foralecimiento de prácticas de pesca artesanal responsable de pescadores artesanales de San José - Lamayeque. El manual contiene informacón generada a través del dictado de módulos informativos teórico-prácticos, desarrollados a lo largo del proyecto."

Guía para la evaluación y mitigación de capturas incidentales de tortugas marinas y otros depredadores superiores en pesquerías artesanales

En los últimos 5 años, ProDelphinus ha probado la eficacia de diversos dispositivos tecnológicos de mitigación o reducción de capturas incidentales (e.i., luces LED y pingers) en pesquerías artesanales de redes, mostrando resultados positivos, especialmente en el caso de las tortugas marinas. En base a esta experiencia, ProDelphinus busca compartir los conocimientos adquiridos en la materia, es decir, aciertos y desaciertos experimentados en el tiempo, a través de la generación de un documento técnico. Para ello, se elaboró una guía de campo la cual aborda los principales temas de discusión entre estudiantes y egresados de carreras afines a las ciencias marinas y pesqueras que deseen iniciar investigaciones relacionadas a la pesca incidental o bycatch de tortugas marinas u otros depredadores superiores.

Queen Conch Aquaculture: Hatchery and Nursery Phases

"The manual includes the science and art of growing queen conch (S. gigas) that Davis has developed over her 40-year career designing, implementing and operating experimental size aquaculture facilities, as well as production-scale facilities, in Florida and throughout the Caribbean. In addition, Robinson Bazurto provided advice on Chapter 4: Growing Microalgae."

Fishery Characterization Guide

The Fishery Characterization Guide helps stakeholders gather contextual information about a fishery in order to make well-informed decisions during fishery reform and management processes. The Guide helps fishery practitioners examine several aspects of a fishery including: ecosystem, fishermen and fishing grounds, fishing infrastructure, species information, markets and sociocultural characteristics. When working with project partners in a fishery, reviewing the Guide can ensure that everyone has a common understanding of the characteristics present in the fishery.

A Fishery Manager's Guidebook

Fisheries management is a complex and evolving discipline and much is still being learned about what it involves, what works and what does not. The problem is compounded by the fact that fisheries management as a coherent discipline is still poorly defined and frequently equally poorly understood. This publication strives to identify the primary tasks in management of capture fisheries, with particular emphasis on sustainable utilization of the biological resources, and to demonstrate how these tasks should be integrated and coordinated to obtain the desired benefits from the biological resources in a sustainable and responsible manner.

FAO State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2020: Sustainability in Action

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture aims to provide objective, reliable and up-to-date information to a wide audience – policymakers, managers, scientists, stakeholders and indeed everyone interested in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Data Collection Guide for Nearshore Fisheries

The goal of this document is to provide both an overview of fishery data collection programs and a data collection manual for priority finfish. By following the simple guidelines in this document, the data collected can be used for stock assessments (i.e., estimates of how the stock is doing), which allow managers to implement good management measures aimed at ensuring good yields for years to come.

Diagnostic Scorecard

The Diagnostic Scorecard is used to assess and characterize the condition of several key fishery components that are critical for successful and sustainable fisheries management.

Fishery Systems Mapping Tool

The Fishery Systems Mapping Tool helps explore the roles of stakeholders in a fishery system, clarify the interactions between each group and compare their influence and interest in improving fisheries management.

The Social Responsibility Assessment Tool for the Seafood Sector

The Social Responsibility Assessment Tool for the Seafood Sector, is useful as a diagnostic, benchmarking, or risk-assessment tool for conducting human rights due diligence in seafood supply chains.

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