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Report of Workshop on the Harmonization of Fisheries Information Systems in the South West Indian Ocean region

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    Report of workshop on the harmonization of fisheries information systems in the South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) region
    Flic en Flac (Mauritius), 2–4 July 2012
    2012
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    The SmartFish harmonization workshop has been conceived as a response to the SWIOFC 4th Scientific Committee (SC) meeting (December 2010) which recommended the development of an action plan towards the creation of a Regional Information System for the South West Indian Ocean region. The workshop was held at Pearle Beach Hotel, Flic en Flac, Mauritius from the 2nd to 5th July 2012. As agreed, this workshop brought together experts from three relevant existing information systems in the re gion (StatBase, WIOFish and FIRMS) and the FishCode-STF approach to data collection. Each system/approach was represented by two experts. Thanks to good preparatory work during the preceding month, including two web-conferences and three working documents, and very lively contributions of all participants, the workshop achieved its objectives: a technical option agreed upon for the development of the prototype of a harmonized information system, a working methodology, and a road map towa rds the presentation of the prototype together with sustainability assessment considerations to regional decision-makers during the course of the second quarter of 2013. The option retained for the prototype includes the following components:  A regional portal which could either build on the SWIOFP created capacity at KMFRI (Kenya) or the FAO SWIOFC website. This portal will organize access to the data and information available in the relevant systems, focusing on target user expec tations (e.g. resource status, fishery management, sector policy making).  A web-based fishery ontology organizing all concepts and reference data across the concerned systems and their mapping. This ontology will be stored in FAO/FI’s FLOD knowledge base, and will be maintained through the FAO/FI Code List Manager/Mapper built under iMarine.  Web-based search services (building on tools developed in iMarine), which will be exploited by the portal to enable relevant linking and navig ation across the concerned systems. This option is the less intrusive with regards to the existing systems and essentially builds on an agreement on how to link concepts and reference data utilized under each constituent system. The sustainability and regional ownership concerns will require focus on StatBase, check the most appropriate solution for the maintenance of the Portal, and confirm the role of FAO/FI in maintaining Code lists manager/mapper and FLOD services.
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    Chimaera portal validation workshop. Flic en Flac, Mauritius
    GCP/RAF/466/EC SmartFish Project
    2014
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    The Chimaera Validation Workshop was organized to present stakeholders with the final version of the Chimaera Regional Fishery Portal prototype. The portal prototype was developed based on the recommendations of the 4th Scientific Committee (SC) of the South West Indian Ocean Fishery Commission (SWIOFC) and Harmonization Workshop (Flic en Flac, Mauritius, 2 - 4 July 2012). The Chimaera Validation Workshop, held at the Pearle Beach Hotel, Flic en Flac, Mauritius on 23 and 24 January 2014, brought together potential Regional Fisheries Portal users, including fishery experts, marine biologists, fishery management experts, socio-economic experts and statisticians. The three source information systems data managers (FIRMS, WIOFish and StatBase) were also brought to the workshop to provide knowledge of the fisheries information structure in the region. Thanks to the very active and collaborative work carried out by the group, the workshop achieved its objectives: validation of the current ve rsion of the prototype and identification of possible solutions for improving both the layout and content. Some major recommendations arose during the workshop, such as the necessary review of the fisheries management domain, enrichment of the portal with more on-line help, and review of the need to run several searches for a preselected list of results. Very interesting contributions for the new domains were also collected. Issues on sustainability were also discussed to identify the best scena rio to launch the portal on the Internet to make it accessible to the public.
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    Report of the meeting of the EAF-Nansen Project Regional Task Group for the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) area, Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius 1–2 October 2012 2013
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    Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) area was held at the Sugar Beach Hotel in Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius on 1 and 2 October 2012, within the framework of the EAF-Nansen project (Strengthening the Knowledge Base for and Implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Marine Fisheries in Developing Countries). The meeting was attended by 20 participants from the South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) countries, the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), the SmartFish project and FAO. The principal objectives of the workshop include receiving updates on progress in the implementation of the EAF-Nansen project, examining the progress of work of the National Task Groups (NTGs), in particular the preparation of the fisheries management plans, and preparation of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) meeting scheduled for 3 October 2012 at the same venue. The participants were taken through the EAF management planning process and the expected outputs of the EAF country projects.

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