Program(s) in charge: Stock Assessment Program
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- Conduct Phase 1 (1st year) of a long-term sampling program of shark catches by artisanal fisheries in Central America, using sampling methods and logistics developed under the extended FAO-GEF project.
- Assessment modelling for shark species in the EPO is severely hampered by a lack of reliable data on shark catches.
- Previous work by IATTC staff identified specific data gaps and data collection needs, including the critical need for catch data from Central American fisheries, some components of which are believed generate a large fraction of the EPO catches of sharks.
- The current FAO-GEF-funded project on developing sampling designs for the composition of the shark catches by artisanal fisheries in Central America, supplemented with IATTC capacity-building funds, will be completed at the end of 2019.
- This extended FAO-GEF project has generated, and continues to generate, a wealth of information with which to develop sampling designs for various fleet components of Central American coastal fisheries that land sharks (SAC-10-16).
- However, no funding is available to implement a long-term sampling program using the methodology developed under the FAO-GEF project.
- Without data provided by a properly designed long-term sampling program for Central American artisanal fisheries, the IATTC will not be able to meet the goal of Resolution C-16-05 of EPO assessments of silky and hammerhead sharks.
- Phase 1 of the long-term sampling program will provide the necessary extensive field testing required to fine-tune sampling methodology, logistics and costs for Phase 2 (regular sampling).
- Relevance for management
- Data collected under a long-term monitoring program based on fully-tested sampling designs will allow for development of stock status indicators and conventional assessments of key shark species
- 21 months
- Workplan and status
- 2021: Implement the sampling designs developed under the extended FAO-GEF project.
- External collaborators
- OSPESCA, Central American national authorities
- Sampling designs and logistical plans for estimating the species and size composition of shark catches in Central American artisanal fisheries.
- IATTC-98-02c (2021): report on final sampling design methodology and costs.