Improving Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture Data Collection in Asia-Pacific

From March 7 to 8, in Jakarta, Indonesia, 47 participants from 11 countries in Asia and two regional bodies (Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre) attended the Regional Workshop towards Improving Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture Data Collection.

The workshop was convened by FAO in collaboration with BPS-Statistics Indonesia and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia with funding from Global Strategy Asia-Pacific. The starting point for the workshop were the Guidelines to Enhance Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics through a Census Framework, which are the first introduction of fisheries into the work of the Global Strategy.

One participant from a fisheries ministry and another from a statistical ministry were invited to attend from each country and in some cases, it was the first opportunity to discuss and collaborate on improving national statistics on small scale fisheries and aquaculture. A joint presentation was made for each of the countries on the current situation in their country, obstacles and planned activities for fisheries statistics to set the stage for a discussion on common issues and to allow for group discussions of solutions based on regional experiences.

In addition to forming new networks both within and between countries in the region to collaborate on improving fisheries statistics, the group also made the following recommendation:

The need for a Master Sampling Frame for household based fisheries and aquaculture surveys was well recognized. To this end, fisheries statisticians should raise the issue of inclusion of suitable screening questions in the Census of Population with relevant officers in National Statistics Offices responsible for the Census of Population.