UBC Faculty Research and Publications

Assessments of marine fisheries resources in West Africa with emphasis on small pelagics Palomares, Maria Lourdes ‘Deng’; Khalfallah, Myriam; Woroniak, Jessika; Pauly, D. (Daniel)


This Fisheries Centre Research Report (FCRR) highlights two important issues when addressing fisheries management matters. First, there is no such thing as ‘no data’. Fisheries scientists have tried to overcome this for decades. This has included developing stock assessment methods with limited requirements and creating databases with parameter estimates useful for stock assessments. Still, while there may be very little data available except for fisheries catches, there is a difference between that and no data. No data gives the impression that, officially, no catches are being made, and as researchers in the Sea Around Us initiative have shown time and again, this is rarely the case. Data collection may be more difficult and require more work, but data can be found.

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