Volume 69

Characterization of the Nektonic Biota and Fishing Activities in the Colombian Caribbean with the Collaboration of Artisanal Fishing Communities

Marroquim, A.C., H. Salazar, and F. Pinilla
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Date: November, 2016

Pages: 51 - 55

Event: Proceedings of the Sixty eigth Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Grand Cayman

Country: Cayman Islands


Over the past few years, the assessment of nektonic component has proved to be the most elusive to get sufficient amount of in situ data, mostly due to distance from shore, severe climate conditions and the natural distribution of oceanic fish in deep waters. Since this assessment is required for an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Study, Shell is implementing a method that involves collaboration of artisanal fishing to collect both biological and social data on the species being caught and the fishing communities as an alternative to traditional nektonic surveys. Through the assessment of catch at coastal landing points and following fishing activities of artisanal fishing organizations, the project is collecting data on fishing zones, CPUE, richness and abundance, biometry & reproductive phase, fishing methods and resources, including number and type of vessels, type and duration of tasks, number of involved fishermen, operations cost and expenses, and prices obtained by species at landing points. Collabora-tion agreements with fishing organizations were made to train community individuals as supervisors to collect and register the data. Quality assurance and control field visits by specialized scientists are enhanced by the use of video cameras and GPS equipment. In this update the preliminary results of identified areas, fishing fleets and types of fishing will be presented. After a one year period the study is expected to obtain a robust data base on both biological and social aspects related to the nektonic biota and the communities that depend on them.

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