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Western Indian Ocean fishery resources survey

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    SWIOFC - Report of the second Working Party on Fisheries Data and Statistics. Mombasa, Kenya, 28 - 30 April 2008 2009
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    The second Working Party of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission on Fisheries Data and Statistics was attended by participants from Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), the Regional Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Coastal Zones of the Indian Ocean (ReCoMap) and the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP). The Working Pa rty received updates of the status of monitoring of the fishery catches by the member countries of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission. Some countries were upgrading their systems, others continued with existing systems that operated satisfactorily. Comoros and Somalia had no systems in place. The Working Party discussed minimum data requirements for effective fisheries management in three artisanal fishery types: tuna, shark and small pelagic fisheries. Each country provided the existing availability of data for these requirements. As requested, the Working Party also examined the standardization and synchronization of frame surveys from a technical presentation on frame survey design as well as from information provided by the countries at the meeting. Due to the large variety of artisanal vessels in the region a more detailed analysis would be required in order to provide recommendations to the Scientific Committee. The Working Party commented on Statbase metadatabas e descriptions made by countries and clarified some of the terms and definitions. In the process it was recognized that closer comparision of the datasets in respective countries was necessary. Other metadatabases discussed included WioFish and Transmap. The statistics of fishery catches in each country was examined and recommendations made for their improvement. The catch statistics held by IOTC for tuna fisheries and their bycatch, the SWIOFP data management plan and the activities supported b y ReCoMap, were presented. The Working Party made recommendations on improving the situation of fisheries data and statistics for the consideration of the Scientific Committee of the SWIOFC.
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    Report of the Third Working Party on Fisheries Data and Statistics, Mombasa, Kenya, 24-26 July 2012 2017
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    The third Working Party on Fisheries Data and Statistics was attended by participants from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Yemen. The Working Party received updates of the status of fisheries data collection by the member countries of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC). Since 2008 improvements have been made, Madagascar and the Comoros started to improve their system the only count ry without a data collection system is Somalia. The Working Party discussed reported catch statistics and the availability of statistical bulletins. The Working Party discussed the development of an integrated Regional Information System based on three existing systems (STATBASE, WIOFish and FIRMS). Improvement of minimum requirements for a number of fisheries was discussed, major improvements are related to frame surveys implemented since the second Working Party in 2008. Information on socio economics of fisheries is generally lacking in the region and should be improved. The statistics of fishery catches in each country was examined and recommendations made for their improvement. First draft definition for the classification of artisanal fishing vessels based on length, vessel material and motorisation was made. Further, the sustainability of databases developed by the SWIOFP was discussed and the participants agreed the the costs related to hosting and instititutional aspects sh ould be studied. The Working Party made recommendations on improving the situation of fisheries data and statistics for the consideration of the Scientific Committee of the SWIOFC.
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    SWIOFC - Report of the third session of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission. Mahe, Seychelles, 17 -20 December 2007 / CPSOOI - Rapport de la troisième session de la Commission des pêches pour le sud-ouest de l’océan Indien. Mahé, Seychelles, 17 -20 décembre 2007 2009
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    The third session of the South West Indian Ocean Commission was attended by delegates from France, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen. Representatives of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), the Indian Ocean Commission Monitoring Control and Surveillance Project (IOC-MCS), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), the Reg ional Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Coastal Zones of the Indian Ocean (ReCoMap) and the World Bank also attended the session as observers. The Commission noted the work undertaken since the second session, considered the report of the Scientific Committee, and agreed that the second Working Party on Fisheries Data and Statistics should address the harmonization of fishery frame surveys. It agreed to: establish an ad hoc Steering Committee for the South West Indian Ocean Fisheri es Project (SWIOFP); hold a regional conference on

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