Report of the Working Group on Commercial Catches (WGCATCH)
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AuthorsRodríguez-Gutiérrez, J. (José); Prista, N.; Gerritsen, H.; Vigneau, J.; Helge Volstad, J.; Clarke, L.; Armstrong, M. (Mike); Mugerza, E.; Demaneche, S.; Börjesson, P. (Patrik); Fernandes, A.C.; Chen, C.; Reis, D.; Van Helmond, E.; Elson, J.; Birch-Håkansson, K.; Adamowicz, M. (Maciej); Kovsars, M; Carlshamre, S. (Sofia); Stötera, S.
KeywordsCommercial catches, fisheries sampling, estimation
The Working Group on Commercial Catches (WGCATCH), chaired by Hans Gerritsen (Ireland) and Nuno Prista (Sweden), met in Lisbon, Portugal, 9–13 November 2015. WGCATCH is responsible for documenting national fishery sampling schemes, establishing best practice and guidelines on sampling and estimation procedures, and providing advice on other uses of fishery data. The meeting was attended by 30 participants from 15 countries. The group addressed a large number of terms of reference and the meeting was con-ducted through presentations, discussions and analysis of questionnaires. The main terms of reference were addressed in subgroups. The report is structured directly along the terms of reference and the main outcomes are listed below. Data collection schemes for small-scale fisheries WGCATCH provided descriptions of national small-scale fisheries through question-naires. An overview was obtained on the current data collection methods. Two major approaches were identified - census (e.g., ...