Data Revolution in Pacific Fisheries Management

July 22 2016

It may sound like a dry topic but fisheries data exchange standards have made a big splash (excuse the pun) at this year's Pacific Maritime Boundaries Working Session held in the School of Geoscience over the last 2 weeks. Developing a standard involves working with fisheries organisations to organise information on fisheries regularoty zones so that it can be exchanged between all stakeholders – fisherman, regulatory bodies, researchers etc. A standard enables efficient electronic management of information, including accurate spatial geometry and the precise description of fisheries regulations such as quotas, equipment specifications, and temporal access.
Professor Elaine Baker said “the standard supports dynamic management of fisheries by allowing the rapid dissemination of new regulations, such as catch-based closures and reduces the obstacles for fisherman to comply with increasingly complex regulation. It also assists regulators by facilitating the development of initiatives like catch to market monitoring and tracking".

A new working group has been established to progress the development of the fisheries data standard, putting the Pacific at the forefront of science driven fisheries management. Chair of the group, Mr Sachindra Singh said "The establishment of the Working Group is the first step in building a community to design the fisheries data exchange standard".


Members of the new Pacific Fisheries Data Exchange Working Group. From left to right: Mr Steve Misaka (FFA), Mr Sachindra Singh (SPC), Prof Elaine Baker (GRID Arendal at SU), Mr Sion Nabou (FFA), Dr Miles Macmillan-Lawler (GRID-Arendal), Mr Andrick Lai (SPC). Not pictured Ms Robyn Frost (Australian Attorney Generals Department) and Mr Mark Alcock (Geoscience Australia).