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Ecosystem Training Course to Improve Management of Fisheries in the Asia-Pacific Region

Ecosystem Training Course to Improve Management of Fisheries in the Asia-Pacific Region

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A fisherman demonstrates his catch using only the simple tools of a dugout canoe and fishing line. Papua New Guinea's geographically and culturally dispersed communities make a one-size-fits-all approach to coastal and marine management difficult. Instead, a system of Locally-Managed Marine Areas draw upon communities to manage their own resources. (Photo: ©James Morgan/CTI-CFF)

A fisherman demonstrates his catch using only the simple tools of a dugout canoe and fishing line. Papua New Guinea’s geographically and culturally dispersed communities make a one-size-fits-all approach to coastal and marine management difficult. Instead, a system of Locally-Managed Marine Areas draw upon communities to manage their own resources. (Photo: ©James Morgan/CTI-CFF)

The Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) training course recognizes that traditional stock-based fisheries management approaches have often been ineffective in the complex fisheries of the Asia-Pacific region.

Launched in June 2014 by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the ecosystem approach offers a practical and effective means to manage fisheries more holistically.

It represents a move away from fisheries management that focuses on target species, towards systems and decision-making processes that balance environmental, human and social well-being within improved governance frameworks.

“Many countries and organizations in the region recognize that the ecosystem approach offers the most practical and effective way to manage complex fisheries. However, progress in developing ecosystem-based management plans has been slow, mainly due to a lack of experience and capacity amongst fisheries staff. The Essential EAFM training course has been designed to address these capacity development needs and provides the practical skills, tools and resources to do so,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific.

The five-day course is not only targeted at mid-level fisheries and coastal resource managers but also environmental, economic development and planning staff in recognition that many of the challenges and issues that threaten sustainable fishing fall outside of the mandate of fisheries management agencies.

The Essential EAFM course begins with explanations of why a new approach is required to address the many threats and issues facing capture fisheries. Participants then develop professional planning skills for more effective decision-making. By working through the entire planning process, participants are equipped with an array of tools to develop fisheries management plans that address current demands for food security and livelihoods while protecting marine resources for the future.

The course was jointly developed by specialists in fisheries, conservation, resource management and education and training from the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project (BOBLME), the U.S. Coral Triangle Support Partnership, NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC), and IMA International.

To download the training course materials and for more information:

All the training course materials are available free of charge and can be found by searching for E-EAFM or simply contact: rcu@boblme.org.

They can be directly downloaded from collaborating partner websites at:
www.boblme.org/eafm-training.html
www.pifsc.noaa.gov/cred/eafm_training.php
www.apfic.org/training/eafmtraining.html

For more information contact:

FAO: Chris O’Brien, Regional Coordinator BOBLME Project, Email: Chris.obrien@boblme.org, Tel: +66 84 439 5210

NOAA: Dr Rusty Brainard, Division Chief, Coral Reef Ecosystem Division, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tel: + 1 808 3483760, Email: rusty.brainard@noaa.gov

(Source: IW:Learn)

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