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Report on socio-economic aspects of the Gulf of Aden fisheries in the Republic of Djibouti









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    Socio-economic aspects of the Saudi Arabian fisheries in the Red Sea 1980
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    The length of the Saudi Arabian coast on the Red Sea is about 1840 km. Information on fish landings varies due to the lack of regular and accurate statistical data. According to the author's estimation, Saudi fish landings are about 10 thousand tons/year. However, based on a preliminary estimate of the White Fish Authority, annual fish production can be increased by 17-24 thousand ton. The number of fishermen is about 3678 using 1226 motorized boats of different shapes and sizes. Due to the lack of an administrative body responsible for the organization and management of the fishery sector, contact and coordination between various fisheries activities is nonexistent. The main obstacles hampering fishing communities' development are shortage of ice, coupled with the fact that the available ice plants are in three main cities, lack of repair and maintenance facilities, non-availability of credit facilities and the poor organization of the fish marketing sector. It is believed that the or ganization of the fishermen into cooperative societies will help solve most of the problems that hinder the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the fishermen. In the writer's view the submission of a model for a fishermen's cooperative, through the establishment of a Cooperative Fishery Centre (CFC) in Tuwal, is an acceptable concept to promote cooperative awareness among fishermen.
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    Report on Symposium on fisheries institutions building. Djibouti, 29 October - 2 November 1983 1983
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    The “Regional Symposium on Fisheries Institutions Building”, organized by the UNDP/FAO Project for the Development of Fisheries in Areas of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (RAB/81/002) and hosted by the Government of Djibouti, was held at the Sheraton Hotel, Djibouti, from 29 October to 2 November 1983. It was attended by 19 participants representing 6 of the Project member countries, the absentee being Saudi Arabia (a list of the participants is given in Appendix 1). The participants discussed 12 concept papers mainly prepared by staff of the Project and FAO Rome. Exceptions were the paper on extension services, which originally was written for a Conference on “Handling, processing and marketing of tropical fish” organized by the Tropical Products Institute, London in July 1976, and that on “Access conditions and compliance control” (a list of the papers discussed is given in Appendix 6). In addition, each delegation presented a paper describing the fishery institutions in its own countr y and there was also a discussion on the possibilities of regional cooperation. The programme of the Symposium included a visit to the installations of the fishermen's cooperative in Djibouti and to various fish marketing outlets in the city. It also included a whole day visit to Obock, on the other side of the Gulf of Tadjoura, to see the developments which are being undertaken there to improve the facilities for the fishery sector.
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    Field Identification Guide to the Sharks and Rays of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden 2004
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    This volume presents a fully illustrated field guide for the identification of the sharks and rays most relevant to the fisheries of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. A total of 49 sharks and 45 batoids reliably reported for the region are listed and those common in the fisheries or likely to be found through fishing operations are fully treated (44 sharks and 33 batoids). Included here are the first confirmed reports for the region of Hemigaleus microstoma, Carcharhinus dussumieri, Aetomylaeus vesp ertilio, Himantura fai, Mobula japanica and an undescribed Dasyatis sp. The guide includes a fully illustrated keys to those orders and families that occur in the region. Each species account includes: at least one annotated illustration of the species highlighting its relevant identification characters; basic information on nomenclature, synonyms and possible misidentifications; FAO, common and local names; basic information on size, habitat and biology, importance to fisheries, and distributio n. Colour plates for a large number of the species are included.

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