Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Scoping Session 2008

UPRSG hosted a scoping session at the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) 61st Annual Meeting at Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, French West Indies on November 13, 2008.

The main objectives of the discussion session were:

  1. Assess research needs of resource users, managers, and scientists for the improvement and conservation of fisheries management on a short- and long-term scale.
  2. Identify obstacles that may be hindering or delaying the development of research and strategies for fisheries management in the Caribbean.
  3. Identify stakeholders and experts in fisheries management located in the Caribbean.

We asked four general questions concerning research and management issues pertaining to fisheries:

  1. What type of research is presently required (short-term) in the region for fisheries management?
  2. What critical information is needed during the next 5-10 years (long-term research) in order to deal with fisheries management?
  3. What type of information can resource managers use in order to become better decision-makers?
  4. What obstacles are presently hindering research/assessments that can help improve fisheries management?

Dr. Kurt Grove, Sea Grant Research Coordinator, led the scoping session.

Responses to our questions:

  • More assessments on recreational fisheries in terms of economical impact
  • Studies on the effect of bans, closures, and MPAs on species protection
  • Establishing regional baselines for managers
  • Projects that evaluate the social, economic, and cultural impact of fisheries management in local communities
  • Determine the age distribution of species targeted by commercial and recreational fisheries
  • Preparing for natural disasters, such as hurricanes, pathogenic diseases of reefs, changes in seawater temperature, and red tides, which are related to climate change
  • Studies on the dynamics of population structure of existing fish stocks
  • Disseminate useful information through dialogues among managers, scientists, and fishers demonstrating the importance of fishery independent data for the purpose of achieving sustainable resource stocks

Please read our full report for more details on GCFI’s response.


Approximately 60 participants attended the session.

Do you share these views? If you are involved in fisheries research and/or management, we’d like to hear from you! Please leave any comments regarding our four questions (or any other issue relating to fisheries management or research) in this section of our blog.

Detailed report of GCFI’s response to our questions


GCFI members take a swim in one of the beautiful waterfalls at Guadeloupe, French West Indies


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