WORKSHOP ON FISHERY STOCK INDICATORS AND STOCK STATUS: Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 26-29 July 2009

January 2011
FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Report;2011, p1
This document contains the report of the FAO/RECOFI Regional Workshop on Fishery Stock Indicators and Stock Status that was held in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, from 26 to 29 July 2009. At the fourth session (2007) of RECOFI held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Secretariat prepared for the minimum requirements of stock assessment. The Commission recognized that those requirements were too complicated and noted a shortage of expertise. The effort was resumed at the second meeting of the Working Group on Fisheries Management (WGFM) in 2008 where a shift to a pragmatic approach based on an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries management (EAF) with adaptive procedures was recommended. The objective of the Workshop was to review the availability of data on the biology of the identified priority resources, catch and effort statistics for the relevant fisheries, other socio-economic statistics, results of stock assessments and other relevant research activities in member countries; to identify the major gaps in knowledge and information, priority areas for regional cooperation and potential joint activities; and to formulate the RECOFI work program for regional cooperation in assessment of stocks and fishery status appraisal in the short and medium term. Employing a simple matrix of Susceptibility Productivity Analysis (PSA), the participants identified three areas of particular concern. These are the ecosystem-wide impact of shrimp trawls, the exploitation of neritic demersal assemblages as well as sharks as indicators of the overall level impact of exploitation, and, thirdly, the stock status of a selected priority species, Scomberomorus commerson, for which historic data are available. The Workshop concluded with a set of recommendations to the WGFM that focused on improvement of data collection and monitoring capacity and members' contributions to scientific knowledge through joint activities.


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