The PFSA project aims to provide information to fisheries managers in the form of a scientific advisory based on a participatory interview technique, existing and archival data, and data that can be collected rapidly in the field. The method is flexible and enables advisories to be produced for a variety of fisheries. The PFSA technique was field tested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in July 2003 in partnership with the Department of the Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), as part of the on-going development of the method. Research focused on the continued field testing of the interview technique, and the incorporation of the extensive time-series catch and effort data collected by the DECR for the islands Queen conch (Strombus gigas) fishery. This report provides a summary of the fieldwork undertaken and the stock assessment produced for the conch fishery using the PFSA software in the form of a scientific advisory.
Marine Resources Assessment Group Ltd, London, UK, 56 pp.