Improving fish stocks assessment
An ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management, which is essential for the conservation of resources, requires a scientifically sound system of fish stocks assessment. However, Turkey lacked the capability to conduct effective fisheries research, particularly on pelagic stocks, which constitute the bulk of the country’s Black Sea catch. Setting up a stock assessment system was a prerequisite for Turkey’s alignment with EU norms, in particular the Common Fisheries Policy, and the related requirement to establish an integrated national fisheries management system.
The project’s aims and core activities
This project aimed to assist the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs institute stock management in fisheries, an essential step in order to move towards an ecosystem-based management system.
Ministry staff was guided through the process by an advisor and team of experts from related institutions in member states. Both sides reviewed Turkey’s efforts to align itself with EU norms and assessed existing legislation in preparation for the adoption of a stock management framework.
In addition, extensive training was provided in all aspects of stock management, through a study tour of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, internship programmes, and practical training aboard a research vessel.
The Turkish side was also provided with technical assistance in implementing the stock management system as well as in the design of and tender for a model fisheries research vessel.