Building National Capacity to Monitor Fisheries
Fiji National Tuna Data Workshop : Good data = Good decisions - Fiji
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:12

Collecting and managing information is the core task for the majority of staff employed in Pacific Island Fishery government agencies. The tuna data they collect provides a clear picture of the fishery, a solid basis for management decisions and offers an appreciation of historical fishing patterns.  To support this work, SPC has run a series of regional workshops aimed at sharing the best practices for gathering and preparing tuna data, which are subsequently used in the management of the tuna fishery in the western and central Pacific (see   To convey the message even further and facilitate the implementation at the country level, a series of national data workshops have also been undertaken since the start of 2010.

Thursday, 07 October 2010 08:06

Building national capacity is at the heart of the Fisheries Monitoring section. This is done through various workshops, attachments or courses.

National Tuna Data Workshops
Thursday, 07 October 2010 08:13

In-country national tuna data workshops aim to share the outputs of the regional tuna data workshops with a national audience. Participants are encouraged to review and improve their own national tuna data system as a group exercise during the workshop.  The national tuna data procedures documents can be updated and technical database training can be included.

Regional Tuna Data Workshops
Thursday, 07 October 2010 08:11

Often held annually in the month of April, in conjunction with the data management section this workshop is aimed at the National Tuna Data Coordinators (NTDCs) and looks at strengthening national procedures for the collection, management and dissemination of tuna data. The workshop also considers the best methods for preparing annual catch estimates and gives participants time and supervision in completing these estimates before the WCPFC’s 31st April deadline.

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Observer courses
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 10:59

A pre-selection assessment test is required for all aspiring candidates. On receipt of an official request a three to four week course comprising; basic navigation, an introduction to the world of observing, an intensive observer training module (based on the regional standard observer data forms) is offered. Continual assessment is carried out, and successful candidates are offered a regionally recognised PIROP certificate. A two week fire-fighting and sea-safety training generally offered locally must also be completed. The basic observer workshops are currently led by SPC and FFA staff.

Debriefing Workshops
Thursday, 07 October 2010 08:15

Participants must be accredited observers and have attained a specific number of sea days by gear type. A two- week course in general debriefing skills, observer data forms management, the identification, correction and assessment of observer tuna data is provided.

Thursday, 07 October 2010 08:15

Training attachments to OFP-SPC are often held in conjunction with the data management section. Generally attachments last for one week. The training programme is tailored to the individual and considers any previous experience and current needs. Training units may include: overviews of national and regional tuna data obligations, procedures and philosophies; basic, intermediate or advanced training in MS Office word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Use and familiarisation with data management tools and databases CES, MAPINFO, FTP, TUFMAN etc. For the more advanced users form query and report design are offered.

  Fig: Officers that benefited from an attachment at OFP-SPC in 2010


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