Coral Reef Associated Fisheries
The Ad Hoc Committee on Coral Reef Associated Fisheries was created in 2010 at ICRI’s 24 General Meeting in Monaco, where a special session on Coral Reef Associated Fisheries was held. It was tasked with compiling information for ICRI members about sustainable management of coral reef associated fisheries. The Committee was originally co-chaired by Coral Reef Initiatives for the Pacific (CRISP) and the Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations (SCRFA); since the CRISP program has now come to an end it is now solely being chaired by SCRFA. The Ad Hoc Committee has agreed on undertaking the following 7 activities:
- Continue to work with ICRI Secretariat to disseminate information on key science and management issues for fish aggregations, and the need to ensure fish aggregations are considered in coral reef management planning.
- Engage members to contribute information to the SCRFA global fish aggregation database. This includes filling data gaps on fisheries management status, fish aggregation status, and traditional knowledge.
- Identify Pacific Ocean countries for whom training and research on fish aggregations is a priority for management.
- Disseminate a questionnaire to the identified Pacific countries on aggregations.
- Develop a brochure and training materials for the Pacific countries.
- Promote research on fish aggregation areas to improve knowledge on their role in the sustainability of fisheries.
- Develop an ICRI status report on the status of fish aggregations globally and or regionally.
Activity 1 is ongoing, and as part of this, SCRFA recently produced a short film. Please distribute this film amongst your networks.
To help with activity 2, can members please nominate to be part of the Ad Hoc Committee, and help fill information gaps in the global fish aggregation database? Currently, several ICRI member counties are not represented in the database. Please visit the database to see what fish aggregations are recorded for your respective countries.
Activities and achievements so far include:
- Participation at the seventh SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting held in March 2011.
- Compilation of a comprehensive global list of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) (Excel file) put together jointly with the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Marine Conservation. The list does not include Regional Fishery Organizations with no management capacity.
- Creation of a sub-Committee to enable discussions about how RFMOs can be best engaged for coral-reef associated fisheries in the region.
- Compilation of a pamphlet presenting success stories on reef fisheries management in the Pacific
- Production of two films to raise awareness about spawning aggregations, using one of the few known and accessible pristine grouper aggregations in the Pacific: Spawning for survival
Terms of Reference
- Amended Terms of Reference for the ICRI Ad Hoc Committee on Coral Reef Associated Fisheries (October 2013)
- Amended Terms of Reference for the ICRI Ad Hoc Committee on Coral Reef Associated Fisheries (GM25) - Expired
- Terms of Reference for the ICRI AHC on Coral Reef Associated Fisheries (GM24) - Expired
Other ICRI Documents related to this AHC
- Status and challenges for coral reef fisheries session (GM 24)
- Case study on Brazilian fisheries (GM 24)
- Resolution on coral reef-associated fisheries (GM24)
- Resolution on Sustainable Fisheries and Food Security (GM11)
- Recommendation for coral reef sustainable fisheries (GM9)
- Resolution on Fisheries (GM8)
- Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA)
- SPC's Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP)
- Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI)
- Regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs)
For more information on this AHC contact the ICRI Secretariat.