Solutions to dealing with a data poor world in Coastal Fisheries


Covid-19 driven job losses across the Pacific islands and Territories (PICT’s) have resulted in increased levels of fishing in coastal systems as families endeavour to keep food on the table. Understanding the full extent of this sharp and sustained increase in resource extraction levels requires targeted, accurate and persistent data collection programs and a significant baseline from which to make appropriate comparisons. Unfortunately, the quality of existing data and data collection programs is extremely variable across the PICT’s from an already low base. Continuing with a business-as-usual approach will not suddenly improve this situation hence a re-boot of approaches to coastal fisheries data collection is urgently needed. SPC as a primary provider of technical advice and support in the coastal fisheries realm has invested significant time and resources over the past 2 years to develop an electronically-based system focussed on the collection of a small subset of key fisheries indicators and presented as a model for a standardised approach to collection, curation, analysis and reporting of coastal fisheries data sufficient to make informed management decisions around coastal fisheries stocks. We present here the rationale for our approach, a brief talk-through of our system, and how we see it as a core building block that can be scaled-up in complexity and power through the addition of other complementary blocks, according to capacity and funding.


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Inter-agency collaboration, a core principle in the development field, maximises impact of work of developing agencies and increases the value delivered to their stakeholders. For collaboration opportunities to be created, development organisations like SPC actively work on making their work transparent and visible to external actors.

As part of their effort towards increasing collaboration between agencies involved in the development sector in the Pacific, SPC and NIWA are organising a series of seminars in which some of their current and past work will be presented. The audience, in addition to staff members of these two organisations are stakeholders interested in SPC’s and NIWA’s work including MFAT, MBIE and others.

The topics covered in the webinars are topical and gravitate around use of advanced computing resources in solving problems in the fields of climate change, geoscience and fisheries among others. 

The topics and the dates are available in the related events below.

The events will be interpreted and recording of each of the sessions will be made available online.

Please contact the organiser, Dr Aleksandar Zivaljevic [email protected] for more information, for the invitation to the events or to express interest in webinars interpretation in French.

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