Comparative methodologies to monitor Small-Scale Fisheries in the Atlantic Area

Type Scientific report
Date 2020-10-14
Language English
Author(s) Mugerza Estanis1, Alvarez Almudena2, Colina Arturo3, Curtin Richard10, Demaneche Sebastien11, Fernandez Maria Del Pino2, Garcia Laura3, Garcia Florez Lucia2, Gaspar Miguel4, Goncalves Jms5, Henriques Nuno S.5, James Mark6, Mendo Tania6, Muench Angela7, Peon Paloma2, Punzon Antonio8, Ribeiro Ana7, Sobrino Ignacio8, Sousa Ines5, Vasconcelos Paolo4, Tobin Declan9
Affiliation(s) 1 : AZTI, Spain
2 : Gobiernu del principau d'Asturies, Spain
3 : Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
4 : IPMA, Portugal
5 : Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
6 : University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
7 : CEFAS, United Kingdom
8 : IEO, Spain
9 : JNCC, United Kingdom
10 : BIM, Ireland
Publisher CABFISHMAN project
Note First deliverable of the Work Package N°4 of the INTERREG Atlantic Area European CABFishMAN project

Breaking the cycle of small-scale fisheries data collection

Despite their prevalence in European and Atlantic waters, knowledge of best-practice methods of data collection in SSF is currently lacking. This has led to the collection of data that is often incomplete or of poor quality, and that underplays the fisheries’ wider importance. Furthermore, the diversity of gear, target species, seasonality, and geographical range seen across SSF fleets means that methodologies for monitoring typically used in large-scale fisheries often require specific adaptations to render them fit for purpose. CABFishMan has produced a comprehensive overview of the various methodologies, census, and sampling approaches available for use in SSF, with an evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of each, and recommending best practice. Additionally, the overview draws upon case studies from European countries (Spain, France and the United Kingdom, among others) to explore how innovative technology can be used for data collection in SSF, for example by improving knowledge of spatial mapping to resolve issues surrounding competing use for marine space or enabling self-sampling programs. Such approaches are rooted in the ongoing collaboration between scientists and fishers and, as such, represent a powerful resource in advancing our knowledge of SSF.

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Mugerza Estanis, Alvarez Almudena, Colina Arturo, Curtin Richard, Demaneche Sebastien, Fernandez Maria Del Pino, Garcia Laura, Garcia Florez Lucia, Gaspar Miguel, Goncalves Jms, Henriques Nuno S., James Mark, Mendo Tania, Muench Angela, Peon Paloma, Punzon Antonio, Ribeiro Ana, Sobrino Ignacio, Sousa Ines, Vasconcelos Paolo, Tobin Declan (2020). Comparative methodologies to monitor Small-Scale Fisheries in the Atlantic Area.