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Guide to Fisheries Data Collection and Biological Sampling 2017


This guide has been developed as an initial aide for data collection in data poor fisheries. The intention is to provide a basic general overview of biological data collection and sampling practices which can be tailored to suit different sampling criteria as needed.

Data collection is a key component in fish stock assessments. Information from a wealth of sources is used to inform our understanding of fish stocks. This understanding is vital in developing appropriate management tools to support sustainable use of the stock. However, for many fisheries these data are lacking and so management is based on expert assumptions. These assumptions may not accurately reflect the status of the fishery which may lead to stock declines or under-exploitation of an important resource. For data poor fisheries, improving data collection practices is vital first step to improve management.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2017··

Refer to report

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Open, cite source of data

Metadata date 2019·09·20

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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