FAME - Coastal Fisheries Programme

Deep-bottom fish identification cards for small-scale fishermen

These identification cards werre produced to help improve catch data and statistics from small-scale vessels that regularly target deep-bottom fish species.

With a better understanding of small-scale vessel catches, regional fisheries managers can ensure that stocks are better managed throughout their range and that small-scale fishermen get more recognition and support for their contribution to food security and employment at the local level. The most likely users of these cards are small-scale fishers who actively target deep-bottom fish stocks, along with fishery officers who are tasked with monitoring these fisheries. Fisheries training institutions are other potential users.

The cards are printed on plastic and form a pocket-size booklet, easy to carry onboard fishing vessels or at offloading places where catch data can be recorded. Fifty species commonly encountered by small scale fishermen are described.

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