The increasing shift towards co-management has prompted managers to reflect upon their new roles and reconsider their information requirements. Whilst a vast pool of useful literature already exists that can help guide co-managers to design and implement data collection programmes to support their evolving needs, much of it has been written in the context of other sectors or with little emphasis on designing systems specifically for co-managed fisheries. This Technical Paper forms the first of a two-part set of guidelines that attempt to meet the growing need among co-managers for guidelines to help design and implement appropriate and cost-effective data collection programmes or systems. It has been written specifically for co-managers and facilitators working in the field and offers simple and practical advice on helping stakeholders identify their information needs in relation to their management objectives and responsibilities, and developing collaborative ways of collecting and sharing the information in the most effective way.
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 494/1, FAO, Rome, 51 pp.