Assessment and management of coral reef fisheries: biological, environmental and socio-economic aspects

The authors opened discussion by briefly summarising the main points in their paper. Coral reefs occurred predominantly in developing countries and coral reef fisheries were predominantly artesanal. Fishery yields varied greatly from one region to another with an average of about 15 tonnes per kilometre squared per year. However, coral reefs were so remote from potential markets, that the yield possible if all reefs were efficiently exploited would rot be reached. Coral reef fisheries were multi-species fisheries with all the problems for management that term implies.

Status of coral reefs, coral reef monitoring and management in Southeast Asia 2004.

This 2004 assessment of coral reefs in Southeast Asia (SEA) continues to show an overall decline in reef condition, but it does offer a glimmer of hope for the future. While the decline is regional, it is not re ected in the reef status in all countries. For example, Indonesia continues to show slight, but de nite improvements in reef condition from 1999, while preliminary data from Myanmar show that the reefs surveyed are relatively healthy, with most of the reefs surveyed having more than 75% live coral cover.

Summary of length-frequency data for Philippine small pelagic fishes collected by the DA-BFAR/ICLARM Small Pelagics Management Project (Vols. I II) .

The Small Pelagic Management project was established in the Philippines to conduct a review of Philippine small pelagic fisheries and to conduct stock assessment and economic analyses on these fisheries. Growth, mortality and related parameters for Philippine small pelagics were determined mainly from length data. These length data were collected by regular sampling of small pelagic landings at six sites in the Philippines Commercial and municipal landings were sampled equally, with normally ten days of the month devoted to each sector.

Myanmar fisheries: Offshore fisheries

Myanmar’s offshore fish stocks have been depleted by up to 80% since 1979, exposing Myanmar’s people to significant economic, food security, nutrition and environmental risks. This ecosystem decline has been driven by out-dated and weak laws and policies and by inadequate management and institutional capacity. Investment in protecting and restoring fish stocks, ecosystems and habitats is required.

Technical characteristics and economic performance of commercial Tilapia hatcheries applying different management systems in Egypt

This study was carried out in order to understand the technical and economic characteristics of different Egyptian Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) hatchery systems. Hatchery operators at fifty tilapia hatcheries in four governorates were interviewed and four focus group discussions were held with 61 participants in March 2012.

Evaluating the management effectiveness of three marine protected areas in the Calamianes Islands, Palawan Province, Philippines: Process, selected results and their implications for planning and management

Evaluating the management effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs) has been a continuing challenge in marine conservation in the tropics. This paper describes the process involved, the chosen indicators and the selected results of the evaluation of management effectiveness of three MPAs in the Calamianes Islands, Palawan Province, Philippines. The evaluation was a participatory process that involved several institutions: academe, an externally-funded project, local governments, national government agencies and research organizations.

Community-based adaptation to climate change in Solomon Islands: Lessons learned from Gizo communities, Western Province

This report summarizes activities carried out by WorldFish under Agreement CT09 Amendment No.2 dated 31 March 2010 between WorldFish and WWF, under the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP) project. The overall goal of the five-year CTSP project is “to improve the management of biologically and economically important coastal and marine resources and associated ecosystems that support the livelihoods of peoples and economies in the Coral Triangle”.

Institutional arrangements in seasonal floodplain management under community-based aquaculture in Bangladesh

Seasonal floodplains under private and public ownership in the Indo-Ganges river basin provide food and income for millions of people in Bangladesh. Floodplain ownership regimes are diverse, covering the whole spectrum from public to private ownership. The paper compares community-based fish culture projects in these floodplains and analyzes the institutional arrangements of three different Floodplain Management Committees (FMC).

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