1. MMAF Plans to Develop a Handbook on Stock Assessment Methods Introduced by USAID SEA
Indonesia’s National Commission on Fishery Resources Assessment (Komnas Kajiskan) has expressed appreciation for the work done by USAID SEA to help the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) develop research capacity for stock assessment.
Through a series of trainings and workshops, USAID SEA introduced to MMAF researchers the Stock Assessment methods it has tested and used to assess small pelagic stocks in Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 715 and reef fish stocks around the Maluku islands of Halmahera and Seram within the FMA. USAID SEA was invited and presented these methods to the Komnas Kajiskan annual meeting held on 15-16 December 2020.
The meeting agreed that the estimation of potential yield and stock status would be conducted every three years and every year, respectively. Commission members noted that the data-limited catch-only and length-based assessment methods introduced by USAID SEA would be particularly useful to manage data constraints in the 2020 Stock Assessment.
There are also plans to develop a handbook on the data-limited Stock Assessment methods that have been tested by USAID SEA, the Commission Chair said, adding that these methods are an important lecture subject for local universities and would help streamline Stock Assessment analysis in Indonesia.