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Guidelines on the collection of demographic and socio-economic information on fishing communities for use in coastal and aquatic resources management











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    Socioeconomic characteristics of bottom trawl fishery exploiting deep-water rose shrimp and European hake in north Tunisia 2022
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    This report summarizes the methods and results of the socioeconomic survey run under the MedSudMed Project on the trawl fleet in Northern Tunisia targeting shrimp (Parapenaeus longirostris) and hake (Merluccius. merluccius). Surveyed vessels belong to the classes T-11 (12-24 m LOA) and T-12 (>24 m LOA). The socioeconomic survey is conceived and divided into different parts, and 25 indicators are presented about the performance of the fleet in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017. These indicators belong to the socio-demographic, economic and technical dimension of the fishery. Data collection focused on four main fishing ports: Tabarka, Bizerte, la Goulette and Kélibia. The last part of the survey includes concerns and claims raised by boat owners and fishers during survey activities. These have been ranked in order to identify the most relevant problems to be addressed for improving management. This report has the goal of enhancing the much-needed knowledge on the socio-economic dimension of fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea, hoping that this will contribute to the development of a responsible and sustainable management of the fisheries in the area.
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    Manual of fisheries sampling surveys: methodologies for estimations of socio-economic indicators in the Mediterranean Sea. 2004
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    This manual on the sampling methodology for use in the construction of socio-economic indicators was initiated by the Sub-Committee on Economic and Social Sciences (SCESS) of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). It was carried out jointly by Istituto Ricerche Economiche per la Pesca e l’Acquacoltura (IREPA), Salerno, Italy, and Gabinete de Economía del Mar (GEM), Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, within the framework of the ad hoc Work ing Group on Socio-Economic Indicators of SCESS. This manual is aimed at all decision-makers who may need correct data to build socio-economic indicators. At an international level, the manual can be used to facilitate and simplify reporting under international conventions and agreements on matters relating to the sustainable development of the world’s fisheries. Regional fisheries bodies and stakeholders involved in fisheries decision-making, such as the fishing industry, other user groups, c ertification bodies, local communities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) may also draw upon this manual to assist in meeting societal goals for fisheries. This manual can be applied to fisheries at many different levels, from individual fisheries and coastal management units to a global level. It aims to encourage consistent usage of statistical methods in data collection. Governments may also wish to adapt the manual to the specific requirements of their national fisheries.
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    Indicators for sustainable development of marine capture fisheries 1999
    These guidelines have been produced to support the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. They relate mainly to Article 7 (Fisheries Management) but also to Articles 6 (General Principles), 8 (Fishing Operations), 10 (Integration of Fisheries into Coastal Area Management), 11 (Post-Harvest Practices and Trade) and 12 (Research). As for the other guidelines, they are addressed primarily to the decision-makers and policy-makers in marine capture fisheries, but should also be useful to fishing companis and fisheries associations, non-governmental organizations with an interest in sustainable development and fisheries and other groups concerned with fisheries resources. The guidelines provide general information on the issue of sustainable development of fisheries in order to clarify why a system of indicators is needed to monitor the contribution of fisheries to sustainable development. They are complementary to the Guidelines on Fisheries Management but provid e the broader perspective needed for a sectoral and holistic approach to sustainability in fisheries. All dimensions of sustainability (ecological, economic, social, and institutional) are considered as well as the key aspects of the socio-economic environment in which fisheries operate. The guidelines also provide information on the type of indicators and related reference points needed. However, it is recognized that it is difficult to generalize, and that there is a need to agree on common conventions for the purpose of joint reporting at national, regional and global level, particularly in relation to international fisheries, or transboundary resources. The guidelines highlight the various frameworks that have been identified and can be used to organize the indicators and reference points, reflecting the objectives, constraints and state of the different elements of the system in a coherent picture.

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