13th Annual Tuna Catch Estimates Review-Workshop held


 A total of Forty-one (41) participants attended the 13th Annual Tuna Catch Estimates Review-Workshop led by the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) in collaboration with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), and the Tuna Industry in early June 2020.

NEW NORMAL MEETING. A photograph of a  ‘new normal’ meeting with review-workshop participants from different agencies and the Tuna Industry.

Heads and representatives of BFAR Central and Regional Offices, NFRDI, PSA, PFDA, West Pacific East Asia-Improve Tuna Monitoring Project New Zealand, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Secretariat, Peter Williams - principal Fisheries Scientist (Data Management)-Secretariat of Pacific Community, and the Tuna Industry joined the said virtual review-workshop. SFFAII was represented by executive director Rosanna Bernadette Contreras, Shalimar Abdurahman, project officer, and Mary Jean Villegas, membership development assistant.


On a yearly basis, the Philippines, as an active member of the WCPFC, is committed to provide the annual catch estimates of major Tuna species such as skipjack, yellow fin, and big eye, classified by gear type, from the country’s national fleet operating in the WCPFC convention area.


Validated data such as those obtained from the PSA, port sampling of National Stock Assessment Program, log sheets, canneries, observers, PFDA, and industry estimates, would provide the inputs aimed at producing reliable catch estimates by species and by gear type for submission to WCPFC. Moreover, the workshop also identified various ways to improve Tuna data and information collection by identifying gaps and constraints including the development of future program or study.


Some recommendations presented after the workshop were as follows: a) BFAR/NFRDI and Tuna Industry will review the possible data gaps (e.g. from Region 10) in ringnet and handline fisheries for 2019 and provide necessary revisions for 2019 provisional catch estimates, if needed; b) BFAR to present a comparative study of fish aggregating device vis-à-vis free school-set fishing operation for Philippine-flagged purse seine fishing operations in High Seas Pocket 1; and c) Replication of activity for other fisheries commodities recognizing the importance of a consolidated annual catch information derived from various sources.


The participants have acknowledged that the review-workshop is useful to manage resources in fisheries management areas.

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