Coastal fisheries observatories
The goal of the operation is to set up coastal fisheries observatories that will contribute to good marine resource management in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna.
Such structures will make it possible to monitor various types of reef and lagoon fisheries. They will propose and develop tools to strengthen and harmonise fisheries data and to provide data acquisition and monitoring methods. The observatories will also be in charge of data analysis, supplying information to robust indicators and setting up warning systems to alert the competent authorities and inform decision-makers of the measure to take to protect the resource.
- Recruit a director for the fisheries observatory in New Caledonia
- Design the observatory’s conceptual model (tasks, governance, operations, access to data, etc.)
- Lead working groups to harmonise data collection procedures by local government agencies and set up database management tools - Set up or optimise fisheries data acquisition or multidimensional analysis systems (optimise the BIP BIP database and modernise Stylog, broaden the scope of the Rural Agency’s consumer surveys to cover seafood products, sustainably maintain/extend sales location sampling system (Noumea market and seafood processing plant in the Loyalty Islands)
- Technical and social feasibility study of data acquisition of currently unreported or under-reported fishing activities
- Implement and strengthen acquisition procedures for unreported or under-reported activities (unreported fishing, sales locations, etc.)
- Create fisheries data banks, analyse and interpret such data and turn over the information to managers. Identify and formally state needs in terms of acquiring knowledge about the resources exploited (Operation 6B.2)
- Make the Observatory sustainable after PROTEGE comes to an end
- Feasibility study for setting up an observatory based on the work already done in New Caledonia; take into account the special characteristics of Wallis and Futuna
- Surveys and awareness activities for stakeholders of the observatory’s roles and the need to collect fisheries data
- Acquire data through fisheries studies and surveys (landing observations, etc.)
- Create fisheries data banks, analyse and interpret such data and turn over the information to managers
- Adapt species management in response to fisheries statistics
- Feasibility study for setting up an observatory based on the work already done in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna; take into account the special characteristics of French Polynesia (scattered islands, high levels of subsistence use, multiple jobs, commercial fisher status to be further developed)