Fisheries Management

Fisheries Management

Concerns about the human impact on the marine environment used to be focused on issues of pollution and degradation. However, in more recent times, fishery stocks around the world have declined and collapsed, and stocks of large predatory fishes are estimated to have reduced by more than 90% from their pre-exploited biomass. This highlights the negative impact of unsustainable fisheries on the marine and coastal environment and on long-term food security.

In the past, fishery managers have been largely responsible for managing the marine environment; biodiversity was often secondary to economic considerations. However, the alarming rate of global fish stocks decline shows that ecological integrity is vital for the productivity of fisheries. Sustainable marine and coastal management plays a crucial role both for biodiversity conservation and for long-term fishery-related food security.

Therefore, it is increasingly acknowledged that the role of marine and coastal managers in fishery management is equal to that played by more traditional fishery-related experts. Understanding fishery management techniques and their integration into conservation is critical for future marine and coastal managers, leaders, and decision-makers.

COURSES AVAILABLE
Sustainable Fisheries Management

This course aims to equip coastal zone and MPA managers and practitioners with the skills needed to understand the foundational concepts of sustainable fishery management. The course also teaches managers and practitioners to effectively incorporate considerations of fishery productivity and sustainability into site and area planning and management.

Objectives
  1. To convey the concepts of fisheries (tools, methods, gears) and sustainable fishery management.
  2. To provide practitioners with an understanding of basic fishery population dynamics and fisheries in crises.
  3. To enable practitioners to identify factors impacting fisheries in Indonesia and the region.
  4. To enable practitioners to understand and identify available tools for sustainable fishery management in MPAs.
Intended Audience
This training is for:
  • MPA managers and practitioners
  • NGOs
  • Community groups
  • Fishery staff
  • Science officers
Minimum Requirements
  • High school degree
  • Good basic knowledge of English preferred
Language
This training can be given in Bahasa Indonesia and/ or English.
Duration
Five full days
Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM)

This course teaches students how to use local and scientific knowledge, information, and systems to develop and implement an ecosystem approach to fishery management plans. The course also builds skills in monitoring the success of the plan and in the use of culturally appropriate means to ensure compliance. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • assess the status and trend of fishery stocks and use these data in an ecosystem approach to fishery management;
  • develop an ecosystem approach to fishery management plans;
  • implement an ecosystem approach to fishery management plans;
  • ensure compliance to an ecosystem approach to fishery management plans;
  • apply adaptive management to an ecosystem approach to fishery management plans.
Objectives
  1. To convey the concept of fisheries as linked socio-ecological systems.
  2. To convey functioning ecosystem definitions, including the role of fished species within ecosystems.
  3. To convey a basic understanding of fish biology, especially reproduction and recruitment.
  4. To demonstrate and convey human dimensions of fisheries and their role in management.
  5. To convey what is meant by an ecosystem approach to fisheries management compared to other types of management, including local management practices and governance arrangements.
Intended Audience
This training is for:
  • Coastal conservation and MPA practitioners of government agencies
  • NGOs
  • Other co-managing user groups
  • Community groups and representatives
  • Fishery staff
  • Science officers
Minimum Requirements
  • Knowledge of local fisheries or basic formal training in natural or social science
  • Good basic knowledge of English
Language
This training is given in English.
Duration
Five full days
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