Management of Local Fishries

Knowledge-based management of fisheries is the key to ensure long-term income for the community from sustainable use of the resource. However, as a precondition, at least enough data must be available to get a broad picture of the current status of the fishery. No management scheme which aims at increasing the sustainable yield derived from the fisheries is currently in place; basic fisheries data are not available. Analysis of catch and effort data from fisheries is the basis for any regulatory system. The proposed project provides the possibility for JREDS to have reliable data on the situation of fishing in the northern parts of the Gulf of Aqaba. Based on this knowledge, JREDS developed this concept to address the most pressing issues and in order to develop solutions together with the relevant stakeholders.

In 2015, the Royal Marine Conservation Society (JREDS) received a fund from the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) to continue its efforts in studying marine fisheries at the Gulf of Aqaba, which was funded by GIZ, through Protection of the Environment and Biodiversity in Jordan (PROTEB) project. This project was performed over the period of 2015-2016 aiming to understand fish stock size, identify socio- economic perspectives of fishermen and find linkages between fishermen and private sector. All data are included details on catch such as species, size, and weight, as well as details on vessels and gear used. All information were included in a comprehensive database available at JREDS- Aqaba office.

Achievements

  • Continue collecting data on marine fisheries from Jordan
  • Continue enriching the database for fisheries at the Gulf of Aqaba