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Over 40 Researchers from the six ASEAN countries, and from Australia, Canada, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Central America and the USA, participated in a Management and Training Workshop on Pyrodinium Red Tides, held 23-30 May 1989 in Brunei Darussalam, to discuss the biological, economic, management, medical and training issues of Pyrodinium red tides.

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A brief account is given of a workshop organized by the South Pacific Research Coordination Unit of the ForumFisheries Agency in order to examine the use of length frequency data as a tool in fish population assessment in the South Pacific region. The workshop concentrated on the ELEFAN suite of programmes and length frequency data for species from a variety of taxa and habitats were analyzed.

A summary is given of efforts made by local and foreign organizations to improve artisanal fisheries in Tonga throughthe introduction of improved fishing vessels and associated training programs. The demonstration boat program, which involved the introduction of semienclosed diesel-powered fishing vessels, are described. The engines proved to be simple and economical to operate and maintain, and the vessels were more seaworthy than the traditional boats and provided more comfort and safety in

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