Strategic Framework for Fishery Monitoring and Catch Reporting in the Pacific Fisheries

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3. Strategic Approach

The level of fishery monitoring and catch reporting has to respond appropriately to the complexity and degree of risk associated with each fishery. Such flexibility is consistent with the precautionary approach, which requires increased risk avoidance—in this case, enhanced information gathering—where there is greater uncertainty or risk of serious or irreversible harm.

The Department will implement this Strategic Framework within ongoing Pacific fisheries operations. The remaining work involves six basic strategies (see Figure 2):

  1. Determine fishery-specific monitoring and reporting requirements and level;   
  2. Collaborate with harvesters to plan and implement monitoring and reporting programs to meet the fisheries’ requirements and specify roles and responsibilities;
  3. Complete development, implementation and management of the fisheries information management system (“PacFish”) and identify ongoing support and maintenance requirements;
  4. Collaborate as appropriate to clarify accountabilities, develop funding mechanisms, identify capacity needs and other support;    
  5. Improve collaboration between Resource Managers, Conservation and Protection (C&P) and harvesters to achieve integrated compliance management.
  6. CContinually improve monitoring and reporting requirements, best practices and technologies.

Strategy 1: Monitoring and Reporting Requirements

DFO Resource Managers will use consistent criteria to confirm the information level needed for each fishery and work with harvesters to develop tailored requirements for fishery monitoring and catch reporting.

A risk assessment tool has been prepared to determine monitoring and reporting information requirements for Pacific fisheries (Appendix 2).  Components of this assessment are distilled from, and build on, the list of questions in the Fishery Checklist Resource Managers use as part of IFMP planning and the Ecological Risk Analysis Framework for Coldwater Corals and Sponge Dominated Communities (DFO in prep (c)).  Resource managers will work with harvesters to review the ecological risks and management requirements of each fishery and review current efficiency of monitoring and reporting programs and identify gaps.

Chart: Figure 2. Monitoring and Reporting Process for Pacific Fisheries

Figure 2.

Monitoring and Reporting Process for Pacific Fisheries