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Project U.1.a - Long-term plan to strengthen research at the Achotines Laboratory

01 Jul 2021 - 31 Dec 2022

Program(s) in charge: Early-life History Group
Funded
Objectives
  • Use of Achotines Laboratory as support for a wide array of research activities under the Strategic Science Plan
  • Improved links among early life history research, stock assessment and management of tropical tunas under a changing climate
  • Increased use of the Laboratory as support for IATTC’s capacity-building activities
Background
  • A long-term (5-10 years) plan to strengthen and diversify the research program of the Laboratory is needed beyond 2020
  • The Director Coordinator of Scientific Research and members of the Early Life History Group have identified areas of research emphasis to be expanded and diversified
  • Planning will include improvements in infrastructure, optimal utilization of human resources and identification of new sources of funding
  • The development of the plan will also include staff internal review, review by SAC, and external review of the draft plan and research programs of the Laboratory
Relevance for management
  • The plan will strengthen links among early life history research, stock assessment and management of tropical tunas
  • The plan will improve the use of the Laboratory to develop a program of great return value to IATTC Members and the goals of the Antigua Convention
Duration
16 months. The plan will be developed during 2020 and 2021, and the implementation of the plan will extend long-term (5-10 years)
Workplan and status
  • November 2021 draft plan completed
  • Mid-2022 staff internal review of the plan
  • Late 2022 external review of plan
  • Late 2022 final plan developed with initial implementation of plan
  • In March 2021, a grant was awarded to the Achotines Laboratory by the Panamanian Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENACYT) for 2 years of funding for infrastructure and equipment improvements at the Achotines Laboratory.
External collaborators
Independent reviewers
Deliverables
Final plan developed by staff
New sources of funding for infrastructure improvements