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 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 second 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 provides more technical detail on each of the sections in the Practical Guide, including: examples of the types of data that might be of interest to different stakeholders; data collection methods and sources; the design of sampling programmes, and some guidance on data analysis and interpretation. They are expected to appeal to Department of Fisheries and extension staff, research agencies and academic institutions, but they will also provide field practitioners with an additional resource that can be referenced when necessary.
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 494/2. Rome, FAO, 2006. 108 pp.