Fishery data collection review underway
This review will provide information on sampling design and strategy as well as the institutional arrangements for data collection and implementation in each country.
In other words, it will provide answers to the why, who, what, and how of fishery data collection and present these in a report that will facilitate cross-country comparisons and provide a regional overview.
This will include a gaps analysis, identify strengths and weaknesses, identify best practices and recommend possible courses of action to be followed up by BOBLME and its partners.
Carrying out the review on behalf of BOBLME is Dr Kim Stobberup, who is currently travelling around all eight countries.
A Danish national, Dr Stobberup has extensive experience in data collection starting in 1994 when he spent three years at the Indo-Pacific Tuna Development and Management Programme (IPTP) in Sri Lanka.
The IPTP was instrumental in preparing the conditions for the creation of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).
More recently, he has worked for the European Commission on improving fishery data collection systems in EU candidate countries such as Croatia.
On the basis of his recommendations, BOBLME will support measures to enable the partner countries to improve their fisheries statistics, so that these can be used or relied upon for the management of their fisheries and resources.
Source: BOBLME Project