Palau, SPC Hold Fish Aggregating Device Workshop

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Training hoped to evaluate success of previously deployed FADs

By Peter Erick Magbanua

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Sept. 23, 2013) – As a follow up on the launch of near shore sub surface Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) last July, Palau’s Bureau of Marine Resource in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a near shore sub surface Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) monitoring workshop.

The program is aimed at improving the efficiency of small-scale fishers to catch pelagic fish that are, in turn, used in support of securing food and livelihoods in Palau. The FAD monitoring workshop also aims to train Bureau of Marine Resource staff and pre-selected data collectors in implementation of the FAD monitoring framework; agree on and establish sampling design protocols; agree on administrative arrangement for employment of data collectors and implement the FAD monitoring framework.

The workshop is being conducted by Fisheries Development Officer-economics Nearshore Fisheries Development Section of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Michael Sharp. Sharp said that the workshop is to help gather data in understanding if the FADs are working.

"This training will help evaluate if the FADs deployed last July were worthwhile and the data collected within six months will give us a clear picture for future government investment and in helping small scale fishermen in getting their share of the catch," Sharp explained.

The three-day workshop is funded by Canada Aid for local initiatives and six participants namely two from the Bureau of Marine Resource, one from the Oceanic Fisheries Management and three from the local community who will do the data collection.

Sharp said that the monitoring and data gathering will be on the FADs placed in the states of Anguar, Ngarchelong and Ngeremlengui.

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