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MedStat 2011 Fishing Vessel Census - Operational Manual - Supplement 0 - Basic Structure








MedStat 2011 – Fishing Vessel Census; Operational Manual. – Supplement 0 – Basic Structure - GCP/INT/918/EC/MedFisis - MedFisis Technical Document, 45 pp.


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    MedStat 2011 Fishing Vessel Census - Census Design and Implementation 2011
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    The MedFisis (Mediterranean Fishery Statistics and Information System) regional project was set up in response to an increasing need to monitor fishing activities and provide fishery management systems in several GFCM (General Fishery Commission for the Mediterranean) countries. Specifically, there was an urgent need for a comprehensive fisheries statistics collection and analysis system. From the outset of the project it was recognised that to be effective such a system must be designed to mee t the needs of all stakeholders in the fishery involved, and that all resulting statistics must be reliable, timely and backed by relevant research. The project would involve a study of existing statistical and information systems in order to identify and upgrade areas requiring attention and/or optimisation. Moreover, all the work should be done by the national staff, limiting external aid to filling any gaps, and the system adopted should be as close as possible to existing working practices a nd conditions for the staff involved. The solution produced by FAO staff was the modular MedStat system. MedStat consists of a set of databases and associated statistical data collection and implementation methodologies, techniques, and procedures, including training modules and technical support covering a Fleet Census, a Catch and Effort Survey and other surveys. There are also tools to facilitate monitoring and other management issues. Structurally, MedStat comprises a core system which i ncludes the regional/national/local reference and codification system, and the national fishery control and monitoring system. Considerable attention is paid to the structure and conduct of the census, and throughout MedFisis it is emphasised that accurate, reliable and exhaustive data collection is crucial to the output of the survey. All aspects of census procedure are dealt with in detail including the preparation, quality control and the all-important questionnaire. A comprehensive MedFis is questionnaire is presented and explained, as is the association between the questionnaire and the data field descriptions and reference system. There are a number of useful appendices which include a flow chart of a typical census survey and a list of references.
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    MedStat 2011 Fishing Vessel Census - Operational Manual 2011
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    The FAO programme MedStat developed within the activities of the MedFisis project provides a methodical approach to the challenge being faced by a country which is planning to undertake a National Fishing Fleet Census. The present document is part of a series of documents providing guidance on the implementation of a Fishing Fleet Census. Precisely, it describes the roles and tasks of the National Coordination Team, Supervisors and Field Recorders and provides guidelines on the management of th e fleet survey, including budgeting, team structure, supervision, data quality control and practical aspects in conducting the survey. In addition, it provides detailed instructions on field work preparation, interviewing techniques and information recording practices. Furthermore, the document addresses the importance of the development and management of a dedicated database, in which the data collected is stored and processed, together with the key features and facilities required for statisti cal purposes and data management routines.
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    MedStat 2011 - Fishing Vessel Census - Fishing Vessel Register Software: User Guide 2012
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    This document is produced as part of a series of MedFisis technical documents and is intended to serve as a guide for users operating the MedStat Fishing Vessel Register Software. It is subject to being updated depending on alterations and additional features introduced into the software and customization at national level, following the release of this version.

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