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MedStat 2011 Fishing Vessel Census - Operational Manual








Coppola, S., Mosteiro, A. and Camilleri M. 2011. MedStat 2011 – Fishing Vessel Census; Operational Manual. GCP/INT/918/EC/MedFisis - MedFisis Technical Document, 39 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 - 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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    MedStat 2011 Fishing Vessel Census - Operational Manual - Supplement 0 - Basic Structure 2011
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    This document is the essential tool for the field recorder and the basis of data collection during the census exercise. The Census Questionnaire is linked to other two documents, the Data Field Descriptions and the References (Codification System), which together constitute the Source of Information, Data Structure, Definition and Codification. The Questionnaire is the tool used to collect the data in the field (one questionnaire per vessel) while the Data Field Descriptions document provides in sight/clarifications of what is required in each field of the questionnaire, and the References document provides lists of all possible answers for fields.

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