An Overview Of Pelagic Fisheries For Shared Highly Migratory Species In The Waters Of Ascension, St Helena And Tristan Da Cunha And Opportunities For The Development Of Harmonised Fisheries Management Activities. Proposal To Provide Advice On Options

The purpose of this study was to provide information and advice to support decision-making in St. Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha on the potential to implement a fisheries management regime, how best to do so, and on the options for harmonising the various activities involved.  The analysis of the options for harmonisation took into account the fisheries potential and their likely value, the resources and capacities of each island and those needed to implement a management regime. Advice was also provided on the areas where current resources and capacities need to be augmented for any option to be most successful.

The work:

1.         Focused on pelagic highly migratory species – the ‘Offshore’ fishery - and did not provide an overview of all the fisheries on each island (i.e. inshore fisheries were excluded).

2.         Reviewed the literature and available data to evaluate the offshore fisheries and their potential.

3.         Looked at harmonised management options amongst the three territories in respect of offshore fisheries.



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Monday, 6 July, 2009 to Monday, 30 November, 2009

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•               Developing an unstructured interview format for consultation with key informants in the three Territories via e-mail and telephone

•               Compiling data (interview responses, literature and data already existing in an electronic format ready for analysis – the work will not include data entry from paper records)

•               Report writing and analysis.

•               Recommendations

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United Kingdom

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UK Government


St Helena, Ascension Islands

Project Value: 

41 625 EUR