EMA Scientific Advice
Scientific Advice on Ecosystem-based Management Issues
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 11:40

The EMA section contributes broadly to the provision of scientific advice on ecosystem based management issues.  Through its implementation of regional scale research programs (Oceanic Fisheries Management, SciFish, Scicofish, Climate change) provides advice at the international level through publication in scientific journals and forums.  At the national level EMA provides advice through NTFSR preparation and by request from SPC members for particular reports or analyses.

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Ecological Risk Assessment
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 11:41

ERA is a practical way for SPC members to meet their obligations towards non-target species. OFP has most recently been applying Productivity-Susceptibility Analyses to assess the relative risk imposed by fishing to all highly migratory species in the WCPO.  This work is now focusing upon sharks (link to SAM), seabirds and turtles.  The Bycatch Mitigation Information System (add link) has been developed to help SPC and WCPFC members with easy access to current conservation and management measures and mitigation methods.

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NTFSR/EAFM
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 11:43

The EMA section contributes to the preparation of NTFSRs through provision of analyses examining how the distribution and abundance of tuna varies in response to oceanography  and by providing summary characterization of the oceanography at the regional and national scale.  Contributions to the EAFM process are through the provision of risk assessment for bycatch and non target species and associated information to assist SPC members with preparing their national scale EAFM documents.

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Training
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 11:45

The EMA section also provides capacity building in ecosystem sciences through regular workshops.  The section also provides observer training in biological sampling, tuna tag recovery and tag seeding.  Student internships are provided on an ad-hoc basis. 

Contact  Simon Nicol, Valerie Allain, Jesus Jurado Molina, Karine Briand

 


 
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