Program(s) in charge: Ecosystem & Bycatch Program
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- Develop a comprehensive database of best-available biological and fisheries data to provide key parameters for Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) and ecosystem models
- The Antigua Convention requires the IATTC to ensure the sustainability of target, associated, and dependent species affected by EPO tuna fisheries, and the ecosystem to which they belong.
- ERA and ecosystem models, used by IATTC staff to assess the ecological impacts of tuna fisheries in the EPO, require information on biological, physiological and trophodynamic characteristics of thousands of species in the EPO ecosystem.
- A database with the most up-to-date information for impacted species is required to expedite the initial parameterization, or updating, of future models.
- Relevance for management
- The database will contain data needed for ERAs and ecosystem models, used to identify and prioritize data collection, mitigation, and/or management measures for vulnerable species.
- The databases could be shared with scientists of CPCs.
- 60 months
- Workplan and status
- Biological and ecological literature searches for species that have been documented to interact with EPO tuna fisheries
- Identify fishery-related susceptibility parameters for bycatch species
- Update length-weight relationships and average weight by species to facilitate various staff activities and reporting (e.g., Fishery Status Report).
- External collaborators
- Scientists from CPCs interested in contributing to and/or using the databases
- Comprehensive life history and susceptibility database with fishery-specific information that can be shared with IATTC CPCs for those wishing to develop ERAs for a particular region and/or fishery.