14/12/2011 Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF)
Regional training workshop on “Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Systems in the Framework of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) Management”

PERSGA held a regional training workshop on “Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Systems in the Framework of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) Management” during 12-14 December 2011 in Jeddah, in collaboration with the Islamic Education, Science and Culture Organization (ISESCO). The workshop was organized in the framework of PERSGA Annual Training Program, and as part of the efforts of PERSGA Living Marine Resources Program to build capacities for implementing the EAF in the region. Specialists from six PERSGA countries including Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen, participated in the workshop. PERSGA has also arranged with ISESCO to facilitate participation of specialists from Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

The objectives of the workshop were to familiarize participants with the principles EAF and to demonstrate the use of practical planning and implementation of tools that exist and can be applied at different scales, with special emphasis on fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance, and how to make EAF operational. The workshop also aimed at demonstrating linkages of EAF to international and regional initiatives; such as the Biodiversity Convention (CBD), Millennium Sustainable Development Goals (MSDGs), the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), and enhance capacities and awareness to adopt EAF in the PERSGA region.

The Training was conducted by Dr. Pauls Nichols (UK) and Dr. Ahmed Khalil (PERSGA LMR Program). The  programme was designed around 5 themes including introduction to principles and practices of the ecosystem approach to fisheries, review of current activities, moving from principles to action, hands on activities on use of  EAF including the four steps of scoping; Issue identification;  Risk assessment and issue prioritization; and Setting objectives, management measures and monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS), and finally, action planning for implementation of the EAF in PERSGA region.

The three days of the workshop were structured around  alternation of background presentations on the principle of EAF explaining its stepwise implementation approach, and group discussions on status of fishery resource and management in the region and options for regional cooperation, and practical training on the approach based on group work. By the end of  the workshop, participants were provided with compact disks including copies of all presentations of workshop, together with case studies discussed, and various relevant references and materials, in addition to the list of participants and their contact addresses.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden