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Enhancing national tuna fishery monitoring and data management, including artisanal tuna fisheries

 

Objective

To improve the monitoring and data management of national tuna fisheries by SPC members, including the development of capacity to collect and manage data from artisanal (including subsistence) tuna fleets to support effective management of these fisheries as important contributors to local food security.

 

Strategy

Tuna is increasingly seen as one of the main solutions to the food security needs of Pacific Islanders, and SPC in consultation with national fisheries administrations is actively promoting and supporting the deployment of inshore anchored fish aggregation devices (FADs) to increase the access of coastal communities to tuna resources. There is currently little factual information on the impact that industrial tuna fishing is having on artisanal catches, and the extent to which FADs or management measures (such as excluding purse seiners from coastal waters) can mitigate this and increase the availability of tuna for local consumption. Despite the important subsistence/artisanal tuna fisheries in many SPC island members, only five have basic monitoring programmes, while several others are seeking assistance to begin monitoring the catches associated with newly deployed FADs. Therefore, there is an increasing need to institute effective monitoring and data management for subsistence/artisanal tuna fisheries in a regionally consistent way to inform management and development of these fisheries at the national level. At the same time, there is a need to develop and upgrade national tuna data management for all fisheries. This will allow the analysis of artisanal tuna data in the context of the whole fishery, as well as delivering direct benefits in terms of management and control of the region’s largest fishery.

SPC’s strategy in assisting its members to meet evolving tuna fishery monitoring needs is two-fold. First, the SPC’s Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) offers assistance in the development and implementation of effective monitoring programmes. This involves a range of activities dependent on needs, but can include provision of training to fisheries staff, infrastructure such as computer hardware and software, data forms, sampling equipment and funding for the employment of contract staff. The second aspect of OFP support is to ensure high and consistent standards across the region both for the collection of data, and for its processing, management and reporting. In this regard, OFP provides expertise in the design of monitoring programmes, competency-based training standards, data processing services and/or training, auditing of national monitoring programmes and associated data systems, and customized computer software for data management, reporting and analysis. This project will support these two roles with a particular emphasis on artisanal tuna fishery monitoring.


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For more information, please contact: Deirdre Brogan, Fisheries Monitoring Supervisor


This Program is funded by the Australian aid program

Outputs related to the project

Manuals

  • Offshore fish identification cards for small-scale fishermen
    PDF Link(2.6 Mb)

  • Scanning for tuna fishery data - The complete guide
    Link

Databases

  • TUFMAN (Tuna Fisheries Database Management System)
    Link

  • TUF-ART (Tuna Fisheries [Artisanal] Database Management System)

Workshops

  • Regional Tuna Workshops

  • TUFMAN Workshop
    Link

  • Artisanal Tuna Monitoring Workshop
    Link

  • National Tuna Workshops
  • Vanuatu - March 2011
  • Tuvalu (Artisanal #1) – September 2012
  • Tuvalu (Artisanal #2) – June 2013
  • Samoa – October 2013
  • Fiji - October 2013
    Link

Meetings

  • Report of the Eight Meeting of the Tuna Fishery Data Collection Committee
    Link








 

 

 

 

 

 

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