January 2011
FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Report;2011, p1
The Regional Technical Workshop on Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture was conducted in response to recommendations made during the Fourth meeting of the Working Group on Aquaculture (WGA) of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) held in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman (27-28 January 2009) and the Fifth Session of RECOFI held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (12-14 May 2009). The workshop, which took place in Doha, the State of Qatar (24-28 October), was hosted by the Department of Fisheries Wealth, Ministry of Environment, the State of Qatar. Twenty-one delegates participated representing seven RECOFI Member countries (the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) and FAO. The significant outputs of this regional technical workshop were: · Awareness and capacity building on spatial planning for marine capture fisheries and aquaculture - a significant activity was presented by the FAO Secretariat to provide participants with the acquired knowledge on the use of spatial planning tools to support the ecosystem approach to aquaculture and fisheries (EAA/EAF). Data from remote sensing covering the RECOFI area were also shown as an example of data availability in the region. A special presentation from the commercial sector provided an insight into the data and spatial analysis skills available among RECOFI countries that could be applied to fisheries and aquaculture RECOFI Regional Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture Questionnaire Survey Analysis Report - eight RECOFI Member countries fully cooperated in the completion of a subject-related questionnaire which was presented and further discussed during the workshop and served as basis for the development of a Regional Programme for Implementing a Strategy on Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture. Proposal for a Regional Programme for Implementing a Strategy on Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture in RECOFI Member countries - presented and further developed during the regional workshop based on the outcomes of the questionnaire survey, country presentations and the working group discussions. The draft Strategy outlined short-, medium- and long-term agreed plans of activities to implement Spatial Planning for Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture in RECOFI Member countries and identified activities of regional interest and importance. Interim activities identified for implementation along with associated agency responsibilities prior to the next RECOFI session scheduled for May 2011. INSET: Common needs for GIS, remote sensing and mapping between the.


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