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The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) hosted the second international conference on the collection and interpretation of traditional and non-traditional fishery dependent data at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy (3-6 March 2014). This second symposium in the series of Fishery Dependent Information symposia focused on the changing face of fisheries management and the related data and knowledge needs. The conference explored the role of fishers in collecting data, the incorporation of fisher-collected data and knowledge in science, management and policy-making, and the broader role of stakeholders in this process.

Four AFSC staff attended the Second International Symposium on Fishery-Dependent Information with broad participation from international agencies and fisheries agency scientists from around the world. Topics covered everything from "Involving Stakeholders in Participatory Management and Data Collection" to "Information Needs for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries" and "Participatory Data Collection in Small Scale fisheries." There was a focus on how to best leverage scientifically defensible information from those who already spend the most time on the fishing grounds. Participants included representatives from active resource managers, scientists and the fishing sector on the collection and interpretation of information in the context of the ecosystem approach.

Steve Barbeaux presented results of his study titled: "Developing real-time local fishery management through cooperative acoustic surveys in the Aleutian Islands." This work featured an innovative near-real time cooperative survey of fish abundance prior to allowing directed fishing in areas considered to be sensitive Steller sea lion habitat and foraging area. Jim Ianelli provided a presentation titled "Estimating impacts of the pollock fishery on selected runs of Chinook salmon from Alaska" which covered how extensive observer data on the biological attributes of the bycatch (size and age composition) was used to estimate the impact on specific regional salmon stock groups as defined given available genetic information. This model shows that since 2008, the impact of the bycatch on Alaskan Chinook salmon stocks was reduced due to heightened awareness and regulatory changes (on the EBS pollock fishery) that went into effect in 2011. Ianelli also contributed as a co-author on a companion study that evaluates the efficacy of the new management regulations. Other contributions from the AFSC included the new observer program for precisely counting salmon bycatch in other fisheries (by Craig Faunce, FMA Division) and an evaluation of the electronic monitoring program in Alaska (by Farron Wallace, FMA Division). By Jim Ianelli and Steve Barbeaux

By Jim Ianelli and Steve Barbeaux

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