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2 people  science  environment  partners The Fisheries Resources Information System and Tools (FiRST): An overview of the database system for storing and analyzing trawl survey data Len R. Garces & Geronimo T. Silvestre Presentation Outline: Background The Project The Database Key Findings Next Steps

3 people  science  environment  partners Background - The WorldFish Center Our commitment WorldFish is committed to food security and poverty eradication in developing countries.

4 people  science  environment  partners We specialize in living aquatic resources, aiming to:  Improve productivity  Protect the environment  Save the biodiversity  Improve the policies; and  Strengthen national programs Background - The WorldFish Center

5 people  science  environment  partners 8 core technical competencies:  Socio-economic analysis of the fisheries sector  Institutional analysis for governance of aquatic resources  Global databases for management of aquatic resources  Methods for developing improved fish strains  Development and evaluation of small holder focused aquaculture technologies  Culture and restocking of coral reef invertebrates  Stock assessment of coastal fisheries  Watershed approach to aquatic resources management Background - The WorldFish Center

6 people  science  environment  partners Background - FishBase

7 people  science  environment  partners Background - ReefBase

8 people  science  environment  partners Background Workshop  Recognized substantial amount of underutilized trawl survey data.  Consensus on the usefulness of compiling and analyzing past trawl surveys to establish benchmark and supplement existing statistical baselines.  A prototype database and analytic tools for this purpose was presented and evaluated.

9 people  science  environment  partners  Develop a fisheries resource information system (incorporating environmental and socioeconomic data) relevant to resource management needs of participating countries;  Elaborate strategies and actions to assist participating countries in managing and rehabilitating their coastal fish stocks; and  Strengthen the capabilities of national institutions in coastal fisheries assessment and management. TrawlBase Project Objectives (Phase 1):

10 people  science  environment  partners Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) Directorate of Fishery Resources Management (DFRM) Central Research Institute for Fisheries (CRIFI) Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) Department of Fisheries (DOF) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development (MFARD) Research Institute for Marine Products (RIMP) Ministry of Fisheries (MOF) Department of Fisheries (DOF) Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) University of Chittagong (UC) Southern Marine Fisheries Development Center (SMFDC) Department of Fisheries (DOF) The TrawlBase Project (Phase 1): Eight Participating Countries

11 people  science  environment  partners National Strategy and Action Plan Regional Strategy and Action Plan Socio - economic Profile Fleet Operational Dynamics Bio- economic Modeling Population / Stock Analysis Fish Assemblage/ Community Analysis Ecosystem Analysis Fisheries Resource System & Tools Fisheries Resource Assessment Socioeconomic/ Bioeconomic Modeling CRM/ Policy/ Planning The TrawlBase Project (Phase 1): Multidisciplinary Design

12 people  science  environment  partners The Database System - Fisheries Information System & Tools (FiRST)  Designed as data container for extant trawl surveys.  Provides access to analytic modules for proper data analysis.  Also include generic socioeconomic, as well as catch and effort, data.

13 people  science  environment  partners The Database System - Organization  9 main tables & their interrelationships Country Projects Cruises Stations Species Grouped L/FUngrouped L/F TrawlerTrawl Net

14 people  science  environment  partners Facilities Menu Bar Tool Bar List Bar Trawl Survey Modules Data Management Validate Data Reports… Backup Close Form Exit Program The Database System -

15 people  science  environment  partners The Database System - Key Information Contents  A general description of the survey (e.g., details of boat, gear, etc.)  Fishing stations (location, depth & oceanographic parameters)  A list of species caught  Catch taken by species/taxa.

16 people  science  environment  partners Dropdown List easy access to an option Advance Search Input easy input of data Indicators easy recognition of the presence of data The Database System - Catch Details

17 people  science  environment  partners Facility Allows the storage of scanned images of the technical specifications of the gear used The Database System- Gear Details

18 people  science  environment  partners The Database System- Station Details

19 people  science  environment  partners  FiRST database with information for 21,000 hauls from South and Southeast Asia  Bangladesh ~ 1,450  India ~ 613  Indonesia~ 1,376  Malaysia~ 4,418  Philippines~ 838  Sri Lanka~ 618  Thailand~ 5,890  VietNam~ 4,021  Others~ 1,396 The Database System - Key Highlights

20 people  science  environment  partners The Database System - Data Access Protocol   Data Classification:  Restricted  Conditionally accessible  Fully accessible  The data is released by the country  The FiRST software distributed by the WorldFish Center

21 people  science  environment  partners The Database System - Other Features   Socioeconomic module  Mapping routine  Biomass routine  Print routine - Raw data - Catch and Catch per Effort - Biomass estimates  Validate Data  Other Features - Global key modification - Import/Export of data

22 people  science  environment  partners  stocks are down to 5 to 30 percent of original unfished levels in most countries.  this quantifies the extent of fishing capacity to be removed to restore the economic value of fisheries in the region. Key Research Findings...

23 people  science  environment  partners  undesirable changes in species composition - the abundance of more valuable fishes (groupers, snappers, sharks and rays) has decreased sharply while those of smaller, less valuable species has increased (e.g., cardinal and trigger fishes). Key Research Findings...

24 people  science  environment  partners National/Sub-national Consultative Management Planning  Enhancement of FiRST, expanded (geographical & temporal) data inputting & analysis  Enhancement and operational programming of draft strategies & action plans Regional Consultative Management Planning  Examine stock delineation & utility of MPAs  Establishment of a Coastal Fisheries Research & Management Network  Regional project portfolio to support national programs Capacity Building  Joint analyses & training programs  Staff attachment schemes Next Steps - TrawlBase Project (Phase 2):

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